No statistical basis in claim by education secretary that one in three unable to read or write under Labour
Education secretary Nicky Morgan has been reprimanded by the UK Statistics Authority for claiming that under the previous Labour government one in three children left primary school unable to read or write.
In a letter to Morgan, head of the UK Statistics Authority Sir Andrew Dilnot referred to comments made by the education secretary in the House of Commons on 10 December, when she told the House:
“If the shadow secretary of state wants to see a failure to prepare young people for the life of work, he ought to be thinking about the fact that under the previous Labour government one in three of our young people were leaving primary school unable to read and write. That is a shocking statistic.”