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School books cash attack.

PRIMARY school head teachers today hit out at the "totally inadequate" number of books available to meet new government targets for raising standards in maths.

Three quarters of primary schools spent less than pounds 1,000 on maths books in the last academic year, 61 per cent spent less than pounds 500 and nearly 4 per cent spent nothing at all, a survey by the Educational Publishers Council found.

But another report by the EPC showed that the smallest junior schools should each be spending over pounds 2,000 and the largest over pounds 6,000 to reach the government's National Numeracy Strat-egy which is intended to raise children's mathematical standards.

The news comes on the day Maths Year 2000 is being launched to support the strategy and promote greater interest in mathematics.

The School Book Alliance, a pressure group, called on the government to act.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jan 25, 2000
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