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UK should eliminate illiteracy in our lifetime - Gove

Garry Wed 02 Apr 2014 12:12

More than a third of pupils did not pass English and Maths GCSEs in June 2013
The UK must strive to eliminate illiteracy and innumeracy "in our lifetime", Michael Gove has said, likening the challenge to past efforts to eradicate deadly diseases.

The inability to read or understand basic maths was a "blight" on life chances, the education secretary said.

He compared the "demanding" task with successful fights against polio and TB.

More than a third of pupils in England do not achieve A* to C grades in English and maths.

Following a review last year, the government is insisting that all post-16 education providers must teach English and maths to young people who failed to achieve C grades in their GCSEs.

Speaking to the British Chambers of Commerce annual conference, Mr Gove said the UK should regard the battle against illiteracy and innumeracy in the same way as a developing country treated the fight against malaria and the need for clean drinking water.

Read more... (BBC News - 1 April)