Social Trends delivers a positive verdict on the education system. It points out that one-fifth of seven-year-olds reached the level of a nine-year-old in the national English and science tests in 1992, and that the proportion of school-leavers without graded GCSEs or the equivalent more than halved between 1975-76 and 1990-91.
According to Jenny Church, the survey's editor, such trends 'must indicate that the quality is improving . . . that we do have a better educated child leaving school'.
Between 1965-66 and 1991- 92 the number of under-fives in schools grew threefold. There were 1.3 million students in higher education in 1991-92, more than double the number in 1970-71.
Health is also improving, although with some black spots. Life expectancy is rising by two years every decade. A girl born this year can expect to live to 79, and a boy to nearly 74. Infant mortality is still declining and between 1991 and 1992 the number of cot deaths almost halved after extensive publicity.
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