'Local authorities have a key role in education' says the NASUWT

Published on Monday, 09 April 2012 08:34
Written by Scott Buckler

Representatives at the NASUWT Annual Conference in Birmingham have condemned the war being waged by the Coalition Government against local authorities

A motion has been passed reaffirming the commitment of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union, to promoting democratically accountable local authorities as the guardians of high-quality education services.

Chris Keates, NASUWT General Secretary, said:

A Coalition Government, without a mandate from the people of this country, is allowing the Secretary of State for Education arrogantly to decide that he has the freedom to overturn 150 years of state-school history.

“Private providers are now free to turn a profit at the expense of our children and young people.

“Previously public assets are being stripped from local communities, and local democratic accountability is being severed.“Local authorities elected by local people are best placed to have the strategic oversight of educational provision.

“They won’t walk away when a contract is no longer viable or attractive.

Our children and young people deserve better than to be left to the vagaries of the market.”

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