Not surprised at the story in the Advertiser - Literacy a problem facing millions of workers | Adelaide Now
I have no idea why people emigrate to Australia for the sake of their kids education. In my time here I have reached the conclusion that education standards are no better than the UK, in fact probably worse. I'm not saying the UK education standards are top of the class , but the ability of many people here, young and old, to perform basic spelling and arithmetic (sums) suggests that SA education has never been that good & still isn't. I have no idea who employs these people when mistakes on resumes are so frequent but I must assume that the employers can't spell either! There really is no excuse either these days with spell check on every PC. Having a degree doesn't make any difference either!
Don't even get me started on history, geography, biology and languages.
Thankfully there are some people who still seem to come through the system with a good all round education.
On the plus side, we bought some goods that had 40% off the $200 marked price, but the full price came up at the till. We of course were expecting to pay $120 so queried it with the assistant. Between her and her manager they agreed that yes it should have 40% off, and charged us $70.
If I had school age kids, I would remain in the UK for the sake of their education!