Printer Friendly

'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 predicted.

Recent trends showed the rate of pupils with no "useful literacy" 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 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."
COPYRIGHT 2009 MGN Ltd.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2009 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

 Reader Opinion

Title:

Comment:



 

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 4, 2009
Words:136
Previous Article:Tories plan to cut down on town hall chief executives; Councils would share top officials.
Next Article:School of rock comes of age; Liverpool's Institute of Popular Music marks 21 years.
Topics:


Related Articles
Duh.
Judge delays verdict on dyslexic's pounds 500,000 claim.
Uni backs standards.
Egypt's illiteracy rate drops slightly to 26 pct.

Terms of use | Copyright © 2015 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters