90% of people in the most deprived areas are satisfied with their schools according to figures on The Poverty Site
. This level of satisfaction rises to 93% in other areas.
The Poverty Site used statistics from two Home Office Citizenship Surveys to produce an average which showed that the vast majority of people were satisfied with local schools. However, the Government doesn’t seem to have publicised this data widely. Instead, it rubbishes state schools to such an extent that teacher morale has reached an all-time low.
It appears, then, that Secretary of State Michael Gove has hidden good news, just as Health Secretary Andrew Lansley tried to suppress a report
which showed that satisfaction with the NHS was at an all-time high. The Government doesn’t want to draw attention to figures which show high public satisfaction with services that it wants to reform – such data undermines its contention that drastic change is needed.
The Government has cancelled further citizenship surveys
on grounds of cost despite most current users expressing concerns
about their discontinuation. Could this be because the Government doesn’t want to produce figures which might show that satisfaction with public services decreases as public sector cuts begin to take effect?
Whatever the real reason for stopping further citizenship surveys, one thing is certain – the last ones showed that the huge majority were satisfied with their schools.