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'500,000 school leavers illiterate'.

THE number of children who have left primary school unable to read or write since Labour came to power in 1997 will pass half a million when the latest Sats results are published today, the Liberal Democrats Liberal Democrats, British political party
Liberal Democrats, British political party created in 1988 by the merger of the Liberal party with the Social Democratic party; the party was initially called the Social and Liberal Democratic party.

Recent trends showed the rate of pupils with no "useful literacy literacy

Ability to read and write. The term may also refer to familiarity with literature and to a basic level of education obtained through the written word. In ancient civilizations such as those of the Sumerians and Babylonians, literacy was the province of an elite
" at the age of 11 - failing to reach Level 3 - running at around 35,000 a year, enough to send the total over the 500,000 mark.

Education spokesman David Laws David Anthony Laws (born 30 November 1965) is a politician in the United Kingdom. He is Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Yeovil, Paddy Ashdown's old seat, and was first elected in 2001.  said proven schemes were not being used sufficiently and called for smaller class sizes and increased school funding.

"It is shocking that under Labour nearly half a million children have so far left primary school unable to read and write. These children are far more likely to fall further behind and be turned off education altogether."
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 4, 2009
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