truancy rises to another record high - socialist central says that’s an improvement

The following two paragraphs are carefully separated:

“When Labour came to power in 1997, the annual rate of unauthorised absence was 0.7% - a constant figure since 1994.”

“That means that 1.05% of school sessions were missed without permission - up from 1.01%.”

That is a rise of 50%!

Education, education, education....
Money, money, money....

‘New’ Labour keeps wasting ever more money. Trouble is, performance keeps right on dropping.

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