Tag "Education"

Scrutiny is in need of more focus

IT DID not take long for Deputy Paul Le Pelley to remind the Scrutiny committee that he did not want to appear at its public hearing just yet. That came during the first topic for discussion, Education Sport & Culture’s 2017 budget and what it would mean for frontline services. But it is doubtful if Scrutiny had waited until after the Budget debate that it would have extracted any more enlightening answer than was given – broadly Education will try its hardest to meet it, but it will be tough and it does not know where the savings are going to come from. Scrutiny is planning on holding monthly hearings with the committee presidents. At the moment it is still finding its feet. These work best when there is a focused topic to be analysed, as with the waste issue last month. Too often yesterday answers drifted away from the question being asked.

Time to forge ahead on education

FOLLOWERS of the wranglings between the Committee for Education, Sport & Culture and Policy & Resources will be watching with interest today as Education meets the Scrutiny Management Committee. Given the well-publicised in-fighting among deputies and civil servants at Education, the ambiguously worded correspondence which led to the confusion as to whether or not the president of Education was told by the Policy & Resources president and States chief executive to stay away from today’s meeting, and if he would actually appear at the meeting, it is fair to say that the lead-up has been less than illustrious. Whatever the minutiae and the bumpy road that has led to this point, today’s meeting will provide Scrutiny with the chance to demonstrate the value it can add to the political process. As ordinary islanders, we can only sit back and hope Scrutiny does not drop the ball.

Is it all just about retaining the Grammar school?

ON WEDNESDAY morning, 21 September 2016, Education, Sports & Culture president Paul Le Pelley gave a long-awaited update to the States Assembly on where the committee were with regard to the extant resolutions of the States from March 2016 on selection at 11.

States must curb its appetite for ‘grand designs’

AS I understand it the schools debate continues and there still is a possibility that La Mare will be rebuilt. I, and many others, believe that the cost of this project is ridiculous, should be completely rethought and I have previously written in to the Press about this and communicated with various deputies.

Picture the scene...


...it’s our Committee for Education, Sport & Culture but not as we know it, as Horace explains the problems of our political system through the lens of Yes, Minister

States to have education choice


EDUCATION is going to ask the States to back the decision of the previous Assembly on secondary education or give it a new mandate.

Education president must resign

A PAINFUL extraction of information about the future of secondary education yesterday revealed an Education president at odds with his committee and out of his depth in the role. The inadequacy of Deputy Paul Le Pelley’s opening statement soon became clear as deputy after deputy confessed to being thoroughly flummoxed. It eventually transpired that there had been a change of heart at a meeting of the board on Tuesday and its president was on the losing side.

Deputies and officers must work as one

THE worst-kept secret in island politics finally spilled onto the airwaves this weekend as the vice president of Education went public with his grievances about the committee’s civil servants. By the genteel standards of the unspoken relationship between the elected and the professionals it was an extraordinary attack. Unnamed officers are attempting to influence policy by bringing their own opinions to the table and pursuing their own agendas. The committee is making little headway because their policies are not being translated into action.

States finds three ways to juggle hot potatoes


Instead of States assemblies moving in a linear direction and coalescing around major policy ideas in a timely fashion, Nick Mann ventures that governments just can’t help but revisit the same old ground in order to put their own stamp on proceedings. And with committees running off down blind alleyways, complexity is added to issues that have already been thoroughly analysed

‘Teachers know best on selection’


‘LISTEN to the teachers’, politicians have been urged, as unions attack any moves to try to retain selective education and U-turn on the last States’ decision.

Long wait for debate continues...

WHILE it’s always good to know our politicians are in ‘listening mode’, at some stage we’d far prefer to see some action. News this week that the Education, Sport & Culture president is refusing to give a firm (or even ball-park) date on when a proposed £64m. rebuild of La Mare de Carteret High School and plans for the future of secondary education might return to the States has been met with derision by the many who view it as blatant backtracking. Previously he had apparently pledged to return with proposals by the autumn to overturn a decision by the former States to end selection and review the possible closure of one secondary school.

Former minister fears impact of education debate delays effects


FURTHER uncertainty over the La Mare de Carteret School rebuild and the future of secondary education is having a wider impact on the economy, particularly the construction industry, the former education minister has warned, as he urged the new committee to ‘listen to the professionals’.