Franchise fiasco

14th November 1997 at 00:00
Colleges throughout the country are experiencing wildly different standards of franchised courses, a controversial report is expected to reveal next month.

The national survey by Further Education Funding Council chief inspector Jim Donaldson reveals a contrasting picture with some courses described as very good and others as very poor.

Ahead of the publication of the report Mr Donaldson issued a warning about franchising saying: "Unless properly managed it can be a poor quality service to students and trainees."

Giving evidence to members of the House of Commons education select committee Mr Donaldson revealed that he supports franchising when it is well-run but admitted the system raised a number of concerns.

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