It's an enduring enigma and one which poses a real threat to the region’s long-term economic prospects.
Just why are so many of the North East’s children being failed by our education system?
In Ofsted’s annual report, the watchdog has again warned that youngsters in our region “deserve better” from our school system.
According to them, as many as one third of our secondary schools are failing pupils.
Happily, Ofsted recognises some improvements. However, the poor performance of the region’s secondary schools is one of our most pressing issues – and one which threatens to leave a damning legacy for generations to come.
This failure is in stark contrast to the successes of the region’s primary schools.
Surely 2015 is the time for a task force to be set up to get to the bottom of this – and put an end to it.