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Teen skills gap 'costing UK trillions'

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The UK could add trillions of pounds to its economy by boosting teenagers' reading, maths and science skills, according to an international report.

It reveals that currently, around one in five youngsters is lacking basic abilities in these core subjects.

The findings come in a global report that puts the UK 20th out of 76 countries in major new education rankings, behind nations including Poland, Slovenia and Vietnam.

The study, published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, looked at the potential economic gain from bringing students up to a basic level of skills in these subjects by 2030.

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