Stephen Twigg, the shadow education secretary, has called on the coalition to ensure that all state school pupils are given lessons in public speaking and interview techniques.
Such reforms are necessary, according to Mr Twigg, as it would mean that these children are able to compete on a more even footing with their privately-educated counterparts.
Of course, some schools already run the type of classes that the Labour MP is calling for. However, he said that it should become a permanent feature of the National Curriculum.
"If we are to break down the barriers that stop some bright young people succeeding, then being articulate and confident is critical," Mr Twigg commented.
"Spoken skills have not had enough of a focus within state schools but it is clear this needs to change."
Recent studies have revealed a lack of literacy skills among primary school children in the UK, which could impair their performance in later life.
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