Ed­u­cated work­force

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CHRISTO­PHER SNOWDON, of the In­sti­tute of Eco­nomic Affairs, joins the queue of those crit­i­cis­ing Tony Blair’s aim — not, in fact, ful­filled — of 50 per cent of school-leavers go­ing to uni­ver­sity.

He ar­gues that the econ­omy does not need half the pop­u­la­tion to have de­grees.

Why do 60 per cent of U.S. school-leavers go on to higher ed­u­ca­tion and three mil­lion Ja­panese go to uni­ver­sity?

The growth in our grad­u­ate num­bers is a mat­ter for cel­e­bra­tion, not re­gret.

There are many sticks with which to beat Mr Blair, but his sug­ges­tion that we catch up with more suc­cess­ful coun­tries is not among them. Prof CHRIS BAR­TON, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs.

I AM not sure the Of­fice for Na­tional Sta­tis­tics is right to say one third of grad­u­ates are ‘over- ed­u­cated’. I would say they are un­der-ed­u­cated.

The ONS find­ings show that ‘ peo­ple who stud­ied arts, bi­ol­ogy and hu­man­i­ties are the most likely to be overe­d­u­cated’ for the job they are do­ing. That is be­cause they en­joyed an ed­u­ca­tion, but were not trained for a job.

Af­ter my arts de­gree, I did a busi­ness de­gree and ex­ten­sive com­mer­cial train­ing in or­der to make a liv­ing.

The other prob­lem with so many grad­u­ates is their ex­pec­ta­tion that they are an elite de­serv­ing great re­spect and re­wards. To this ex­tent, they are per­haps more un­der-ed­u­cated than over-ed­u­cated. ROD­NEY ATKIN­SON, Stocks­field, Northum­ber­land.

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