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Quality of education in UK falls with COVID restrictions

The quality of education within the UK has fallen according to new data provided by the Office For National statistics.


Between Quarter 1 and Quarter 2 of 2020, there has been an increasing fall in education output.


This fall is likely attributed to the first lockdown measures which were in place which either forced schools to go online or shut them all together, especially secondary schools where year 11 students were no longer required to attend due to the cancellation of GCSEs.


So, the reduction in output is also a reduction in quality as in-person attendance in England fell between 1%-10%. Therefore, it can be argued that students attending lessons online are nowhere near as effective as face-to-face education where they are likely to remain more focused.


Because of this, education output in Quarter 2 in 2020 has fallen by 36.7%, a significant reduction and a large problem for the UK economy.


Youth unemployment is currently at 14.5% and this rising reduction in education output may contribute to this figure worsening in the future.


A reduction in output means that younger individuals are not receiving the quantity as well as the quality of education as they should, this is evidenced as hours worked by teachers have decreased, meaning that teachers will be replaced by less qualified TA’s.

Because of this, young people are less likely to reach the target grades and qualifications they should be due to the long-term reduction in education quality, so, the next generation of young people entering the labour market will be at a disadvantage compared to older, more experienced candidates.


So, youth unemployment may increase, a problem for the economy as unemployed young persons are typically made more redundant each year. This is because every new academic year, new, perhaps more qualified graduates to flood the labour market, making the previous generation more redundant.


This poses an issue as this increasing redundancy makes it difficult for unemployed young persons to upskill as they cannot find new opportunities, jobs which they want are likely already taken by more prospective candidates, same with university positions.


Hence, increasing youth unemployment will increase the number of wasted resources within the economy long term, a problem for the government as the economy is inefficient, and, an increasing long-term unemployment rate will pose extra pressure on the claimant count.


So, the decreasing quality of education will lead to an inefficient allocation of resources through long-term unemployment, hence placing extra pressure on government benefit schemes, Job Seekers Allowance, thus forcing the government to allocate more resources towards these schemes, diminishing government spending in other vital areas of the economy.

 

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