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More choices put forward for college funding debate

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A VASTLY different future could be on the horizon for the three colleges after an amendment to provide deputies with greater choice over their funding was submitted by Deputy Gavin St Pier and seconded by Deputy Lyndon Trott.

Funding of the three colleges under the new non-selective education system is up for discussion in the States next week. (Picture by Adrian Miller, 19381283)

As the proposal stands, Education would cut the grant-aided colleges’ funding from £4.4m. to £900,000 per annum. But the new amendment makes three propositions – compared with the one in the proposals – two of which would come into play if the first was defeated.

The first would see the colleges have ‘complete operational independence’ from the States, with no new funding provided after 31 August 2019, and fees being paid for remaining special place holders only until they all finish their education in 2025.

A new scheme for assisted places would be set up under the second proposition, however, and it would see a ‘closer working relationship between the States and the colleges’ begin.

Proposition three, which would be passed if proposition two – the plan to set up a new bursary scheme – is passed, includes plans for the States to use any spare capacity in the colleges, share ‘teaching resources’ and ‘academic experiences’, and cooperate more on outdoor and extra-curricular activities.

n The States debate on the future of college funding is set to take place on Wednesday.

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