The Productivity Commission deputy chairwoman Karen Chester (pictured), says Australia’s education sector is ripe for overhaul after increasingly failing to land students in jobs.
Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi agrees, saying our universities have become effectively, "degree mills, which don't equip them with a financially valuable skills and they are left pursuing rather menial tasks that are completely outside their training."
Speaking at an economists’ lunch in Perth yesterday, Ms Chester said the government also had questions to answer about programs aimed at retraining workers from dying industries, in a lengthy address that grappled with technology-driven changes to the nature of employment and the future of the labour market.
Ms Chester said school students were recording worse results in science, maths and reading, the vocational education training system was “a mess” that struggled to develop competent workers, and universities were not delivering relevant qualifications for jobs.
The Conservative Party's South Australian Senate candidate, Rikki Lambert says powerful vested interests want to maintain the status quo.
Senator Bernardi has told the Senate, our higher education system is failing our children.
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