From today's UK papers

July 12, 2001


Eleven British secondary schools have refused the gift of a £3,000 library of classic books because they are "too difficult" for their pupils.

One voter in 10 believes extending private sector involvement will improve public services, making the government's policy less popular than the poll tax, a Mori opinion poll has revealed.


Global warming is happening now, caused by human actions, and threatens the Earth with disaster, the world's leading atmospheric scientists insisted yesterday as politicians struggled to repair the Kyoto treaty on climate change, which America torpedoed in March.

Traditional degree subjects such as geography, anthropology and classics have reinvented themselves and are pulling in a new generation of students.

Daily Telegraph

Great white sharks should be provided with "maternity wards" to help prevent their decline, Andrew Martin of the University of Colorado has suggested.

More money should be spent on educating prison inmates, Lord Windlesham told the House of Lords yesterday.


A man who spent six years behind bars for armed robbery has had his conviction quashed after a group of law students from Northumbria University took his case to the Court of Appeal. ( Independent , Daily Telegraph )

It has cost more than £55,000 to re-name the Education and Skills Department. Junior minister Ivan Lewis told MPs yesterday that it cost £14,705 for the design of the new marque; £12,632 for the production and initial stock of stationery; £5,300 for 18 new name plaques and £23,420 on other costs, including branding guidelines and web development. ( Independent , Daily Telegraph )

AS-level exams:
The teaching of "key skills" faces a big shake-up as the government yesterday bowed to calls for an overhaul of the sixth-form exam system ( Financial Times ).
Estelle Morris's decision to rule out a fundamental revamp of the sixth-form curriculum has provoked anger, as she insisted new exams take time to "bed in" ( Guardian ).
Headteachers accused the government yesterday of failing to solve the shambles caused by the introduction of AS-level exams, despite a move to cut the number of tests ( Independent ).
"Key skills" tests axed in exam U-turn. Minister orders overhaul of AS levels and apologises to pupils for stress ( Daily Telegraph ).
Estelle Morris apologised to teenagers and their teachers yesterday for the extra stress associated with the new AS-level courses and promised a more effective system in future ( Times ).




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