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Need for better deal for colleges and students

October 23, 2012 6:42 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting on remarks made by the Education Secretary about cuts to college funding today, where he said reforms to the college sector will do more with less, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

"The Cabinet Secretary failed to clear up the confusion over the scale of the cuts he is proposing to make to Scotland's colleges. After weeks of evidence from expert witnesses suggesting the government's 'biscuit tin' approach to funding was making a complex situation worse, Mr Russell simply dismissed the criticism in characteristic fashion.

"Yet colleges and NUS Scotland have both made clear the risk to the quality of course provision as a result of the deep cuts to teaching grants.

"It seems that the Education Secretary is keeping his fingers crossed that wholesale mergers of Scotland's colleges will deliver the savings he needs to plug the gap. While savings will almost certainly be made, Audit Scotland has called into question Mr Russell's assertions about how quickly these can be achieved.

"That is why the Education Secretary needs to think again and come forward with a better deal for our colleges and students".