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UK PM launches radical school reform

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>> British Prime Minister Theresa May, today, set out a radical rethink of Britain's education system and already it's being criticized for entrenching inequality. My name's Elizabeth Piper, I'm Chief Political Correspondent for Reuters, here in London.>> I want to see children from ordinary working class families given the chances their richer contemporaries take for granted.
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That means we need more great schools. This is the plan to deliver them, and to set Britain on the path to being the great meritocracy of the world.>> May, today, launched what she describes as a radical rethink of Britain's education policy.>> A way to increase choice for parents, many of whom especially amongst the working classes, complained that there are literally no good school places near their homes.
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>> When the British people voted in the referendum, they did not just chose to leave the European Union, they were also expressing a far more profound sense of frustration about aspects in life in Britain.>> What is interesting about the policy launch on education today is the way Theresa May talk directly to those voters who wanted to leave the European Union the June referendum.
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She appealed directly to the hardest workers in Britain, the ones who struggle to make ends meet. She said she understood their frustration and she understood their disaffection in the fact that they can't give the kind of future they want to, to their children. She knows that these voters are incredible important as it gets closer and closer to the 2020 general election, one which she surely wants to win.
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Theresa May's plans to increase the number of grammar schools and also the single faith schools has been heavily criticized by the opposition Labor Party and Liberal Democrats. They believe that by making a two-tier system, having the grammar schools for those that are more intelligent, and condemning the rest to a lesser education, increases divisions in our society.