A Labour councillor says parents hold the key to bringing all Luton schools up to the national average for GCSE results.
In 2012’s exams, only five of Luton’s high schools were at or above the national average of 59.4 per cent of students achieving five A*–C grades including maths and English.
Jacqui Burnett said that with local authorities increasingly losing control of schools as they convert to academies or free schools, parents need make sure they are closely involved with their children’s education.
“Parents need to do more,” she said. “I know that some mums and dads are working three jobs to survive, but what I really don’t want to happen is in the next few decades we have more jobs coming to the town and it’s not Luton residents getting them.
“The recession isn’t going to last forever and the council’s regeneration team are working really hard to bring more businesses here.”
And the Hackney-born Limbury ward councillor said succesful young people in well-paid jobs could help change Luton’s image.
“If our young people were more highly skilled, would people be laughing at us then?
“I think the town sometimes doesn’t believe in itself, but we’ve got so much talent here.”
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