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Let’s focus on what colleges do for Scotland’s economy

Colleges certainly aren’t personal fiefdoms – we need to look at the bigger picture, and the public benefits they bring to the country

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While I disagreed with much of the article by Pam Currie, of the Further Education Lecturers’ Association (EIS-FELA) (“Colleges aren’t the personal fiefdoms of their principals”, 14 July), I agree with her main argument.

Colleges are public bodies that exist to serve the public interest, providing a range of opportunities for more than 227,000 learners a year in Scotland.

They are no one’s fiefdoms – they don’t belong to individuals, employers or trade unions – and using language that suggests otherwise is an unhelpful way to discuss the sector.

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