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LITERACY SCHOOLS ARE 'FOR THE FEW NOT THE MANY': TORIES

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Statement by Stephen Dorrell, shadow secretary of state for education and employment: ...
Statement by Stephen Dorrell, shadow secretary of state for education and employment:

'Nothing is more important than teaching our kids to read and write. Any initiative which helps to achieve this is welcome. But the announcement of more summer literacy schools initiative is for the few, not the many.

'Mr Blair has failed to address the real education challenge to the government. 500,000 children currently fail to achieve the required targets in reading and writing. In the expanded form of the summer literacy schools, they will help only 16,000 - only 3 per cent of the total. Labour must raise their sights.

'Improving literacy is a key priority. Today's announcement does not match the importance of the issue.'
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