§ Mr. Barry Jones
Her Majesty's inspectors continually study the teaching of reading and writing, and advise schools and local education authorities. In addition the Schools Council sponsors several research and development projects in these fields.
§ Mr. Grist
Is the hon. Gentleman himself satisfied with his reply? Is he not aware that there is great dissatisfaction among many secondary school teachers about the standards of literacy of pupils reaching their schools? Is not the rate of illiteracy and near-illiteracy among school leavers an indictment of our whole education system?
§ Mr. Kinnock
Does my hon. Friend accept that there is grave danger in the present level of illiteracy among adult pupils of Britain, which is mirrored in the illiteracy of school leavers? Will he also accept that to reimpose examination standards on schoolchildren, as the Conservative Party wishes to do, would be no way to improve the situation?