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Tower Hamlets kids still without a school place

PUBLISHED: 16:00 30 September 2009 | UPDATED: 14:58 05 October 2010

by Gemma Collins MORE than 50 youngsters may still not have a place at a primary school in the East End despite it being three weeks into the new term, it emerged this week.

MORE than 50 youngsters may still not have a place at a primary school in the East End despite it being three weeks into the new term, it emerged this week.

Around 53 four to 11-year-olds are believed to be stuck at home because this year's battle for primary school places in Tower Hamlets has left them with nowhere to go.

Tory councillor Tim Archer says he was told of the problems by residents but Tower Hamlets council has not yet confirmed the figures.

And he has also learnt that the Town Hall's education chiefs are appealing to some of the East End's 75 packed primary schools to set up temporary cabins in their playgrounds to house extra pupils.

He told the Advertiser: "I am flabbergasted that the borough could have got it so wrong as not to have enough school places for kids and the kids are all at home getting no education.

"It seems that to resolve this children are going to be driven across the borough to get to a school where they will be taught in a playground.


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