SCHOOLS should be fined if they fail to teach pupils how to read and write, insists a hard-hitting report on the riots which tore the UK apart last year.
They should be punished if children remain illiterate when they move to secondary schools, it said.
It found that a fifth of school leavers at 16 have literacy levels at or below that of 11-year-olds.
The study by Britain’s Riots, Communities and Victims Panel also blamed poor parenting for the rioting, which ended in five deaths last August.
“We heard from many communities who felt that rioter behaviour could ultimately be ascribed to poor parenting,” said the report.
It also pointed the finger at a lack of confidence in police and a materialistic society.