More from the do-students-actually-learn-anything-at-university department, Australian division:
The survey of 500 companies from all sectors of the economy, but mainly in manufacturing and construction, asked employers how satisfied they were with university graduates, higher education providers and the training system that applied for positions with them. Only 58.8 per cent of bosses were satisfied with graduates’ basic literacy. Views on basic numeracy were only slightly better, with 64.1 per cent of bosses giving graduates a pass.
After 15 years in the education system, students have a level of basic literacy that is acceptable to barely half of their employers. The usual disclaimers about survey reliability aside, that’s a figure that should give people pause for thought.