We store cookies on your device to make sure we give you the best experience on this website. I'm fine with this - Turn cookies off
Switch to an accessible version of this website which is easier to read. (requires cookies)

SNP higher education advisor casts further doubt on need for post-16 legislation

February 26, 2013 4:50 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Former Scottish Government adviser on higher education, ProfessorWillie RennieWillie Rennie Ferdinand von Prondzynski has called into question aspects of the Bill being introduced by SNP Ministers in response to his earlier report and recommendations. Prof von Prondzynski's written evidence was received by the Education Committee, who also heard this morning from the Education Secretary, Michael Russell on his Post-16 Education Bill.

Commenting on suggestions from Professor von Prondzynski that the need for legislation in a number of respects "could be debated", Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP said:

"There is widespread agreement on many of the objectives underlying the Scottish Government's Post-16 Education Bill. The desirability of improving governance and widening access to our colleges and universities, for example, is not in dispute.

"However, concern is growing in both sectors about the way in which the Education Secretary has chosen to go about achieving these aims. Yet the more questions that are asked about Mr Russell's Bill, the less clear things become.

"Now the Scottish Government's own advisor on higher education reform, Professor von Prondzynksi has cast further doubt on the need for legislation. Astonishingly, Michael Russell appeared to be completely unaware of Professor von Prondzynski's concerns but he must now reflect on them very seriously indeed.

"Laying down the law, quite literally, is not necessarily the best way to improve our colleges or universities. Mr Russell must resist his natural temptation to meddle and re-consider how best the government can achieve the improvements we all want to see."