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Today: Thursday 7 May 2009

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Ministers are to trim the number of DNA profiles on a national database by up to 850,000 after a court ruled innocent people must be removed. And science Sats taken by 11-year-olds in England are to be scrapped and replaced by teacher assessments and national sampling, the government has agreed.


What will happen to school exams if swine flu outbreaks become more widespread? Isabel Nisbet, chief executive of the exams regulator Ofqual, discusses if there is a contingency plan in place if more schools have to close.


The government says it will wipe the DNA profiles of innocent people in England and Wales from its database - but opponents say the measure does not go far enough. Professor Jim Fraser, of Strathclyde University, describes how the DNA database system works in Scotland.


A government report is likely to recommend the abolition of the science Sats test for 11-year-olds and Education Secretary Ed Balls will make a statement later. Mick Brookes, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, says the headteachers who backed a boycott of the tests at the beginning of the month are not calling it off.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


It is a year since a coalition government was formed in Kenya to bring an end to the violence following disputed elections. East Africa correspondent Karen Allen reports on the serious questions raised about the country's ability to police itself by human rights groups.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


The group set up to help banks and financial institutions through the crisis - the Global Competitiveness Group - is to deliver its report. City minister Lord Myners details its expected findings.

Today's papers.


As the conflict between government forces and the Tamil Tiger rebels comes to a close, there is deep international concern about the humanitarian crisis in the country. Reporter Andrew Hosken explains why so little information has come out about the refugee camps there.

Thought for the day with the Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, from Alyth Gardens Synagogue.


Science Sats taken by 11-year-olds in England are to be scrapped, Education Secretary Ed Balls will announce. Annette Smith, chief executive of the Association for Science Education, and scientist Robert Winston discuss if, as teachers argue, the focus on the three Sats subjects in the last year of primary school is to the detriment of the wider curriculum.


Up to 850,000 innocent people in England and Wales who appear on a national DNA database will have their profiles wiped. Home Office minister Vernon Coaker and Shami Chakrabarti, head of civil liberties organisation Liberty, discuss if the government has gone far enough.


The playwright John Graham Davies was given an idea for a play while getting his shoes mended - his cobbler told him a surprising tale from the Champions League final in 2005. The cobbler in question, Mark Radley, discusses the game - where Liverpool beat AC Milan on penalties.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


The principles that govern a lottery are used to shape government policy far more often than you might think, a new book alleges. Author Gary Hicks and Anthony Barnett, editor of the Open Democracy website, discuss if the effect of policy is just a matter of luck.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


The global economy has turned a corner and the worst of the financial crisis is over, Business editor Robert Peston says. He explains that, though it will not be an easy year, financial institutions are showing signs of recovery.


Muslims in Britain are less well integrated into society than elsewhere in Europe and in the US, a report concludes. Home affairs editor Mark Easton visits France and East London to compare the difference in attitude. Dalia Mogahed, of the Gallup Centre for Muslim Studies, and Tariq Ramadan, professor of Muslim studies at Oxford University, discuss if one in five UK Muslims are "suffering".


The 1970s gets blamed for an awful lot - terrible clothes, terrible music and the collapse of the British economy - but was it actually a great decade? Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone and journalist Andy Beckett discuss if the 1970s were really as bad as all that.



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