Ill-Prepared Only 17% of global senior executives surveyed say their government education systems are preparing students “very well” for the business world.
No child left behind? Hardly. Executives in the United States say young people are inadequately schooled in the essentials needed for professional life, according to a survey commissioned by Global Partnership Schools and GEMS Education from Pricewaterhouse Coopers. It doesn’t help that government officials generally do not invite input from business leaders. In China, though, businesses say the local education system is superior in preparing students for a professional career. “This is something that governments must fix quickly as students are increasingly in competition with graduates from other countries for global jobs,” says Manny Rivera, CEO of U.S.-based Global Partnership Schools for GEMS. “The rise of countries such as China […] means that the global economy has a huge amount of growth to offer. The countries that are the most skilled are likely to reap the most rewards." More than 400 global executives took part in the research. To access the survey reports, click here.
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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