Cable: Teachers Know Nothing Of World Of Work
Vince Cable has been criticised after saying teachers know "absolutely nothing about the world of work".
The Business Secretary was speaking to 600 representatives of the manufacturing industry when he made the comment.
"There has been an argument in Government about how to get the right careers advice in schools and successive governments have frankly messed this up," he said.
"We haven't got this right. But the underlying problem is of course that most teachers, particularly in the secondary sector, are graduates.
"They know how universities work, they know what you have to do to get an A-level, they know about UCAS forms - but they know absolutely nothing about the world of work."
NUT general secretary Christine Blower labelled the Lib Dem MP's remark "insulting".
"This is a crass remark, which is insulting to teachers who are workers in their own right," she said.
"As the Government's own study - published just last week - shows, teachers work an extraordinary number of hours and show real dedication to 'the world of work'.
"Indeed, the teaching profession mirrors society and many of our teachers come from diverse backgrounds with different life experiences.
"They are a resource to the young people they teach, not a hindrance."
It is not the first time Mr Cable has prompted controversy with comments not intended for wider public consumption.
In 2010, he was stripped of his role overseeing media competition after he was caught on tape saying he had "declared war" on Rupert Murdoch.
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