Councillors Mark Flewitt and James Courtenay have signed a petition on the government’s website calling for the government to “make financial education a compulsory part of the school curriculum.”
Councillor Courtenay said: “I know some schools do cover topics like this, but it is surprising the number that don’t. I know there is a lot of pressure on teachers and head teachers alike and I don’t support extra work for them unnecessarily. However this topic is vital. The number of people and companies that are entering into some type of insolvency is still at historic highs a few years after the bubble burst. Please let us help our children to not make the same mistakes that a lot of us have made now.
Councillor Flewitt, councillor responsible for children and lifelong learning, said: “I really do support this, I will be writing to all head teachers in our borough and asking them to consider supporting this idea. I feel it is our duty as politicians and teachers to give our children the best start to life – these days that means a good knowledge of how credit cards, loans and even basic knowledge of how the banks and governments got it so wrong..”
James added: “I think the government petition site is great, it really allows people to get involved and let those at the heart of government know their views. As we have seen on the news recently any petition that reaches 100,000 signatures will be reviewed by parliament. It only involves a few moment on http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/”