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The true cost of independence

The deputy director of the Independent Schools Information Service wrote last week (TESS, December 6) that "It is . . . not the overall results from the independent schools that should be the centre of public interest, but those of the pupils on whom public money is spent".

It is a sad fact that, since "independent" schools enjoy generous charitable and tax advantages, public money is spent on them whether we like it or not.

In my view, that issue ought to be at the centre of public interest, not some spurious argument over results.

JOHN BREWER Magdala Terrace Galashiels

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