Children’s talents are “squandered” by a failing and underfunded education system and unequal society, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said. The BBC reports.
Speaking at a party event in Brighton, he pledged to create a social justice commission to help tackle inequality.
Mr Corbyn added it was “not right” that some primary schools in England were having to stage events to raise money.
The Social Mobility Commission is an independent body that promotes social mobility in England, as well as highlighting the situation across Britain.
Under Labour’s proposals, it would be replaced by a new body with extensive statutory powers and independence.
Mr. Corbyn said: “The idea of social mobility where you pluck somebody out of poverty and promote them into a private school education or promote them somewhere else doesn’t actually help the majority.”
“It’s simply not right that our children should be sent on sponsored walks and sponsored runs and all the rest of it to raise money for basic equipment in schools that should be provided by the public purse in the first place.”
Education Secretary Damian Hinds said Labour’s proposals would “downgrade the importance of social mobility”.
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