Brexit will diminish UK's standards: Tony Blair

Brexit will diminish UKs standards: Tony Blair

'Education is a priority, now more than ever,' says former British prime minister.



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Dhanusha Gokulan

Published: Sun 18 Mar 2018, 11:00 PM

Last updated: Mon 19 Mar 2018, 2:39 PM

Education today needs an urgent revolutionary approach as it is the single-most transformative thinking tool that leads to national development.
Tony Blair, the former prime minister of the UK stated that if he was back in power, he would take this revolutionary approach towards education, as there are several elements within education that still continues to be a resistance to change.
Meanwhile, George Osborne, a British conservative party politician, who served as the chancellor of the exchequer, under prime minister David Cameron said, "Despite the innovative white board and other innovative teaching tools, classrooms in the UK continue to look exactly like how it did 100 years ago. All this incredible change in technology has still not hit the education sector," said Osborn. 
The former politicians criticised the state of education in the UK while speaking at the sixth edition of the Global Education and Skills Forum (GESF) in Dubai, on Sunday, March 18. Blair and Osborn were in-conversation with Vikas Pota, the chief executive of the Varkey Foundation.
Both Blair and Osborne both opined that despite massive technological advancements, there continues to be a serious gap in the education sector, especially in terms of students not being able to creatively apply their education to the challenges they face in the work force. 
"The next generation of technology will revolutionise the world and change the way we do everything, including education. The next generation of technology could also change public services and change the work place dramatically, and as a result we need to rethink industrial and economic strategy," added Blair.
While responding to questions about the upcoming Britain's exit from the EU, or Brexit, the former prime minister stated that that this move would diminish the country's standards. 
 dhanusha@khaleejtimes.com


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