Tag "Education"

Grants must be accountable

MUCH of the focus in recent years has been on how efficiently the States is operating. But as it works increasingly with outside agencies, looks to grow as a commissioner of services rather than providing them directly, the robustness of the oversight regime becomes vital. In 2017, the States has budgeted to spend £30.5m. on grants and subsidies, some 9% of its total revenue expenditure.

ESC transforming education system for the worse

THE document ‘Transforming Education’ shows that the Committee for Education, Sport & Culture has ignored the wishes of parents, the needs of children and the requirements of employers. Instead, the committee has opted to bring forward proposals that their civil servants favour and that teachers will be comfortable with. Secondary education in Guernsey will be controlled by civil servants who need have no knowledge of education and delivered by teachers who have no incentive to raise standards. Entry to each of the new secondary schools will be determined purely by geography. Since all the schools will be within a couple of miles of each other (compared with the 260-mile round trip that friends of mine in Africa had to make to take their children to school), there is no logical rationale for determining entry on the basis of address alone.

Education’s silence could be misleading

FOR a committee that should be trying to win hearts and minds over major reforms Education has some way to go. It launched its consultation on transforming secondary and post-16 learning at the start of July. Since then it has been virtually silent on the future relationship with the three private colleges and the level of financial support they will get once the current deal expires.

Education failing to win hearts and minds on fees


In investigating substantial fee hikes for adult education courses at the CoFE, Education, Sport & Culture looks to have chosen an easy target in its attempt to make savings instead of addressing the bigger issues such as teachers’ pay and the annual Guernsey Training Agency grant, says Nick Mann. Without the committee explaining its rationale fully it’s likely that they be viewed harshly for making a move on what is considered by many as a community service

Education member promises bullying will be tackled

A ‘GLOBAL’ anti-bullying policy will be built into Education, Sport & Culture’s new secondary school plans in a bid to combat ‘the traumatic experiences some children and their parents go through’, a committee member has said.

While the flame of hope flickers, win back our trust

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How many of us are resisting the Beautiful New Bay proposal by supporting Save The Tank Wall because we don’t trust the committee behind the plan? For us to have faith in our government, we must first trust it. And it’s about time the Assembly won ours back, says Horace Camp

Assurances over future of school in Alderney


AROUND 100 parents and members of the community attended a highly-charged public meeting in Alderney last night to discuss proposed changes to secondary school education in the Bailiwick.

Education cannot afford to relax yet

AT 4.30 in the afternoon it was hardly a surprise that no one attended the first of Education’s meetings to discuss the future of secondary schools in the island. It was little better yesterday with just one attendee. Working parents or those who have just picked their children up from school rarely have an hour to spare just before teatime. About 50 attended the second meeting at the same venue on Tuesday evening, which is better but hardly overwhelming.

What a difference a year makes for education plans

This image supplied by Design Engine Architects gives an impression of what a new La Mare de Carteret High School might look like.

Education, Sport & Culture’s plans for the rebuilding of the La Mare de Carteret schools are radically different to those put forward by its predecessor committee little more than a year ago. Nick Mann wonders why we have all been asked to wipe our memory banks and why suddenly the ‘essential’ facilities of last year are no longer necessary

Cost of new La Mare up by millions


ANTICIPATED costs for rebuilding La Mare de Carteret High are now higher than three years ago even though the previously-much-vaunted features of an autism centre, community facilities and pre-school have been scrapped.

One day to avert strike

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TALKS to avert industrial action at Les Beaucamps High School have so far failed to prevent the threat of a strike.

A lack of political will hinders States savings

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There is a lack of openness, transparency or detailed explanations regarding States economies. As the people who pick up the bill, taxpayers deserve informed answers to questions on where money could be saved

Education’s inefficiencies are exposed

READING through the consultant’s review of Education, Sport & Culture you are entitled to ask whether the States always knows what it is doing with your money. One of the areas PWC lays bare is that the States is doling out significant amounts of cash to the Guernsey Training Agency, which has managed to build up large reserves partly as a result, yet cannot claw any of this back and does not even make it subject to any performance measures or defined targets. That grant is worth £740,000 a year. Given its client base, the report says the agency should pursue a profit-making model and charge commercial rates for its courses.