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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 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."
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 4, 2009
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