Jobs were an easy option in the 60s

I FEAR Roy Hattersley may be mistaken in the inference he draws. Apparently three-quarters of grammar-school pupils left at 16 - not good enough it seems to go to university. The grammar schools failed their students.

This is rubbish. Many of my contemporaries in a grammar school in the south Midlands in the 1960s had perfectly good O-levels which would have enabled them to go into the sixth form with every prospect of a university place. They did not do so because there were plenty of good jobs available, a situation, alas, which no longer exists.

Dr R Martin 16 Eyebrook Road Bowdon Altrincham

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