Thu 28 February 2008, The Guardian

Avoiding responsibility

Five months ago Terry Leahy, the chief executive of Tesco, issued a plea for Britain's government to invest more in education: "Too many children have been leaving school ... without the basic skills to get on in life and hold down a job." That had a direct impact on his company, which employed around 280,000 people. And the responsibility for making good the skills gap, he told a summit of fellow executives, lay squarely with the state. "What we [businesses] cannot do is act as a bandage or a sticking plaster for the failures of ... our education system."
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