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Education Secretary’s puerile and offensive retorts to legitimate questioning is deeply disappointing: McArthur

September 14, 2011 6:43 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting after the Cabinet Secretary for Education's statement to Parliament on post 16 education in Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrat Education spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

"Much of what the Education Secretary had to say today was welcome. However, his response to legitimate questions on the detail was to launch puerile and offensive attacks on his political opponents.

"Will his commitment to a minimum income for poorer students apply to students from other EU Member States, is a question to which he should already have an answer. It is simply not good enough to say that he wants to hear what people think.

"Meanwhile, his description of college provision in Scotland as 'Thatcherite' will only confirm fears in the Further Education sector that Mr Russell plans a swathe of college mergers and cuts to courses. It is hard to see how this top-down restructuring will improve the experience and opportunities for students, or morale amongst college staff.

"It is disappointing that on an issue where broad consensus exists, the approach of the Education Secretary is so evasive and confrontational."