Juliette and Petrit Muca took the drastic step after their six-year-old, Aleks, failed to learn to read after his first year. They spoke out as a damning report revealed UK schools lag behind those in Albania in crucial maths and science. The Sun told yesterday how we are ranked 43rd in the world by the World Economic Forum.
Juliette, 30, said: "It doesn't surprise me. Labour created a system where kids get ten A stars at GCSE — but what does it mean if everyone gets them?" The couple, who own a shop in Sunderland, sent Aleks to the city's Benedict Biscop Primary, described by Ofsted as "good and improving". Although the lad used to love books, Juliette said he "went backwards". She added: "My complaint is with the system — it's all about being creative. But children need to learn science, maths and reading."
The couple made the heartbreak decision to send Aleks to live with Petrit's parents after a relative did much better in Albania's "traditional" classrooms. He starts at the £1,500-a-year school in the capital Tirana on Monday, but will spend holidays here with his mum, dad and brother Hari, three. Juliette said: "It's a major sacrifice but we have to do what's best."