The labour leader's intent to introduce a new technical baccalaureate for the 50% of school leavers who do not go on to university has drawn the following statement from Dr. Edward Jones, Spokesman for the Teacher's Union
'This is precisely what the educational system needs. Students not persuing an undergraduate place are always seeking out my colleagues,
complaining that their efforts are not receiving the recognition they deserve. These students feel that their levels of application and diligence are crying out for some reward. This technical baccalaureate goes someway to acknowledging those efforts, however slight'
'We can no longer be part of a system that disregards ignorance and underachievement : this must now be celebrated, possibly with some sort of ceremony including a badge, a funny hat and a lollipop'
Dr. Jones has recently been seconded to the TU's press department following accusations of excessive irony in his English classes.
in related news, the technical baccalaureate is already being referred to in twitter feeds as 'tb', causing some concern amongst parent's groups that, under a labour government, underachieving teens will be forced to sleep with badgers.
"We can get right behind that" confided Dr. Jones