MINISTERS should shelve plans for building 200 privately sponsored city academies until they can prove they offer value for money, MPs said today.
In a highly critical report on the Government's five-year education plan, the Commons Education Select Committee - chaired by Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman - said ministers seemed to lack "a coherent over-arching strategy".
One of the report's many damning conclusions accused ministers of "startling complacency" over their claims that the school admissions system gave parents more choice.
Ministers were too prepared to pump money into expensive new schemes without evidence to show that they would work.
The MPs said the projected £5bn ministers were putting into creating 200 city academies was too much without evidence.
League tables this week highlighted poor performances by many of the academies.