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Leader: PM still has a lot to learn.

A HEADMASTER filling in a report card on Tony Blair's education record would give the Premier mixed marks and conclude he must do better.

Progress has been made over the past nine years tackling problems of under-achievement inherited after 18 years of Tory misrule.

GCSE results published today show another rise in pass rates and we congratulate those who have done well.

And yet more than half of all pupils still failed to get a good A-C grade.

Truancy is also worse despite an pounds 885m drive to stop children skipping schools.

Ruth Kelly has 60 minutes today to save her job as Education Secretary but her problems run deeper than appointing sex offenders as teachers.

And we remain unconvinced that Blair's education white paper has the answers to the questions posed by parents and pupils.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 19, 2006
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