From today's UK papers

June 29, 2001

Financial Times

Saving the rainforests could be a more urgent task than most of us think, scientists at Penn State University have warned. 


Universities are expected to be largely freed from tough independent inspection after a lobbying campaign by vice-chancellors.


Pupils will quit at 16 instead of going on to the sixth form because of the government's controversial shake-up of A levels, teachers' union NASUWT warns today.


Private sector and public services: Tony Blair's senior ministers are to renew their efforts to sell the government's partnership plans to frontline public sector staff ( Guardian ).
Public-sector unions threatened to scupper plans to extend the private sector's role in running public services yesterday after talks with Tony Blair failed to resolve their rift with the government ( Independent ).
Trade union leaders will demand inflation-busting pay rises for millions of public sector workers as the price for the government's drive to reform schools and hospitals with private sector money and know-how ( Times ).



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