Shocking report from the government that apparently 120,000 11-year olds cannot read or write properly and 140,000 are unable to do sums. 120,000 children equates to 1 in 5 and frankly, I'm shocked at that. How does a child manage to get through infant and junior school without being able to read or write?
I just don't get it. The 3 R's - which I've always thought were a misnomer in itself, I mean, no wonder kids are struggling if the experts call it reading, riting and rithmetic - should be a basic for every child. I can understand some may struggle with dyslexia, learning disabilities and a few others slipping through the net with bad teaching; but 20% of all kids?
The answers must surely lay with the teachers, parents and education chiefs. I would be horrified if my kids couldn't read or write. And as a teacher, I'd be ashamed if nearly a quarter of my class couldn't read or write. I don't profess to know all the answers, but I do know something has got to change.