Flawed labels

12th April 1996 at 01:00
There appear to be major flaws in the labelling and the preconceptions behind Sir Ron Dearing's proposal for "disaffected 14-year-olds" to be sent to further education colleges or industry for vocational training.

The reintroduction of school FE link courses and school industry courses with vocational relevance opens up exciting opportunities for pupils from a broad range of ability and attitude: will pupils with an interest in these areas be encouraged to demonstrate "disaffection" in order to qualify?

The notion that the skills required by the technological workforce can be met by the disaffected, the low attainers and under-achievers is to say the least, outdated.

PAUL BARNES Director Southern Science and Technology Forum University of Southampton

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