FUNDAMENTAL flaws in the school and university system are failing our children, with one in five unable to get a full-time job when they graduate, a landmark report has found.
In a major report five years in the making, Productivity Commission chairman Peter Harris has recommended an overhaul of the health and education system, to improve our quality of life and save hundreds of millions of dollars.
The report, to be released today, suggests linking university funding with the success of its students after underemployment among graduates more than doubled from 9 per cent in 2009 to 20 per cent last year — meaning one in five qualified young Aussies can’t get a full-time job.
A quarter of the graduates who did find jobs were forced to take work in areas that were not relevant to the degree they had studied.
“The Commission pinpoints some fundamental flaws in our education system that are holding us back from realising our future potential, and restraining productivity growth,” Treasurer Scott Morrison said.
“The Commission claims our school results are stagnating. And we have a university system that is more preoccupied with publishing than improving teaching standards.”
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In subjects where there are teacher shortages, the Productivity Commission recommends raising salaries to attract high-calibre teachers who are specialists in that area, instead of a situation where teachers are instructing students in areas they have not studied.
The government has already introduced major education reforms, designed by reformer and businessman David Gonski, to try to improve teaching standards.
The report also recommends embracing disruption by creating massive open online courses to lower costs of education and make it accessible.