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Nick Clegg pledges to eradicate child illiteracy by 2025

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg Credit: PA Wire

The Liberal Democrats have pledged to eradicate child illiteracy by 2025 if they remain if power after the general election.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said his party was committed to protecting nursery, school and college budgets while the Conservatives would slash education funding by £13bn a year.

Mr Clegg said: "The Coalition Government has cut illiteracy but it is nothing short of a national scandal that a fifth of children are still leaving primary school unable to read at a level that will allow them to succeed in later life.

"We are the only party who can make this commitment because, astonishingly, we are the only party committed to protecting the education budget from cradle to college in the next five years.

"It's because we will make sure our schools have the resources they need, that I can say with confidence that we will be able to end child illiteracy by 2025."

More teachers 'need computing training'

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Around half of young people think they know more about some aspects of computing than their teachers, according to a poll.

It suggests that many youngsters believe that their teachers could do with more training in the subject, with some saying they are better informed about topics such as programming and creating websites.

The survey, commissioned by Computing at School (CAS) and Microsoft, found that around 51% of the nine to 16-year-olds questioned think they know more about some areas of computing than their teachers, while almost two fifths (39%) do not believe that their teachers are confident in giving lessons in the subject.

Around 17% said they think they know more about building and creating websites than their computing teacher, with 42% admitting that the teacher knows more.

About one in six (15%) said they know more about programming, with 46% saying the teacher is better informed and 14% think their skills in designing software are superior, with 45% suggesting their teacher is better at this topic.

Nearly half (47%) of the school children surveyed thought that their teachers need more training in computing, with 41% saying they regularly help them to use technology.

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Pakistani students return to school amid high security

Students in Pakistan began streaming back to school today for the first day of the new term.

For most, it is their first day back since the Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar last month in which 150 pupils and teachers lost their lives.

Girls ride on a motorcycle while heading to school after it reopened in Peshawar Credit: REUTERS/Fayaz Aziz

At the Army Public School in Peshawar, survivors of the attack returned to their studies amid tight security with staff checking their bags at the entrance.

Students get their bags checked by school security staff at a school Credit: REUTERS/Khuram Parvez

Officials told Reuters news agency that eight-feet high walls were being built around public schools in Peshawar as part of enhanced security.

Schoolchildren walk past a traffic policeman as they cross the road while heading to school in Peshawar Credit: REUTERS/Fayaz Aziz
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