HC Deb 31 January 1989 vol 146 c171W
68. Mr. Alton

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many children are estimated to leave Britain's primary schools and secondary schools with inadequate literacy and numeracy.

Mrs. Rumbold

Information is not available in the form requested. Attainment targets for English and mathematics in the national curriculum will establish what pupils should be able to achieve at ages seven, 11, 14 and 16. The introduction of assessment at those ages will mean that any pupils having difficulty will be identified at an early stage and can he given help.

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