Lost for words;Diary

24th April 1998 at 01:00
THIS demonstrated, perhaps, a rather better facility with words than that offered by Kim Howells, the minister for lifelong learning, who this week confessed that upon assuming office his first act had been to dispatch a lackey to buy a dictionary of acronyms - which, sadly, turned out to be out of date.

"Whoever invented the acronym GNVQ should have been given the Stalin prize for clarity," declaimed Dr H to his somewhat baffled audience of educational types. But it got worse. Someone asked a question, adding that they were from (that venerable adult education organisation) Niace. "What the hell's Niace?" exclaimed Dr Howells.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today