Ministry staff 'lack education'

14th October 2005 at 01:00
The country's top education official has admitted that he is unhappy with basic standards of maths and literacy among his own staff.

Sir David Normington, permanent secretary at the Department for Education and Skills, told MPs this week: "As an employer myself I sometimes see that the standards of English and maths are not good enough among those coming into my employment."

He expected some of the best-ever exam results in 2006 but accepted that employers had yet to see enough return from the Government's investment in schools.

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