School may as well start at 17 for all the difference it would make, say experts



THE official school starting age should be raised from five to 17 because we may as well, experts have claimed.

Educationalists stressed the average levels of literacy and numeracy being achieved by the school leaving age made the school starting age utterly irrelevant.

Professor Helen Archer said: “What’s more important is the age at which they start watching television, which I believe should be about 10 minutes after they are born.

“Television will be the source of everything they care or talk about and teaching them things that are not somehow to do with television is a waste of everyone’s time.

“Those who want to learn to read, write and add-up can do so in their late teens, like some sort of Duke of Edinburgh award.”


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