Heads oppose voucher scheme

24th November 1995 at 00:00
The National Association of Head Teachers has urged MPs and peers to think carefully before agreeing to Government proposals in the Queen's Speech which it fears could undermine key elements of state education.

In a letter to all MPs and peers this week David Hart, NAHT general secretary, sharply criticised the introduction of nursery vouchers and their impact upon the curriculum, staffing and accommodation.

Children needed to be taught by qualified teachers but the current proposals did not make this obligatory, he said. But the NAHT "broadly supported" the proposal to amend legislation to give grant-maintained schools powers to sell their assets and borrow on the commercial market.

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