BT.com reports that Jeremy Corbyn has urged the Government to “wake up” to the damage of education cuts and to end decades of under-investment which has led to a “productivity crisis” in the UK economy.
The Labour leader said in a keynote speech that the education system is in a perilous state “while the prospect of a bad Brexit deal threatens to exacerbate existing weaknesses in the economy.
At the Association of Colleges annual conference in Birmingham, he urged Chancellor Philip Hammond to use the Budget on November 22 to announce new investment in infrastructure, technology and training.
He said: “With increased automation in the workplace, we need to be offering more opportunities than ever for people to take on, what are going to be, highly technical jobs in the future. In the 21st century, the economies that succeed are those that invest in people.”
“The answer lies in investment: in infrastructure, new technologies and people. But instead, the Government has cut the schools budget, cut college funding and saddled students with a lifetime of debt.”
Mr Corbyn said Brexit also risks adding to the problems facing the education system which has become heavily reliant on staff from the EU, with 5,000 teachers from EU countries qualifying to teach in the UK in 2016.
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