Business chief Catherine Livingstone backs better education in maths and science

Business Council of Australia president Catherine Livingstone says the gap between the digital literacy of our young people and that of our competitor nations is increasing. Alex Ellinghausen

Business Council of Australia president Catherine Livingstone says the gap between the digital literacy of our young people and that of our competitor nations is increasing. Alex Ellinghausen

The cries are getting louder: do something about Australia's increasingly poor performance in educating young people in maths, technology and all their associate disciplines or watch as the employability of the coming generation dwindles away and our economy becomes increasingly uncompetitive.

Last Wednesday Business Council of Australia president Catherine Livingstone raised the cudgels yet again to try to beat this message into political leaders, telling the National Press Club that an estimated 75 per cent of the fastest-growing occupations, including those in the creative industries and humanities, will require STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) related skills and knowledge...Read more