Ministers attacked by IES over funding

1st August 1997 at 01:00
The Dearing and Garrick reports have been given top marks by the Educational Institute of Scotland. Fred Forrester, the union's deputy general secretary, said: "It's nine out of 10 for Dearing but not nine out of 10 for the Government."

Mr Forrester criticises ministers for intervening over funding before the report was published. "People have focused too much on the payment of tuition fees to institutions rather than the the abolition of the maintenance grants. Fees are not as significant as maintenance grants and that is the Government, not Dearing," he stated.

Mr Forrester said it was "unfortunate" that Sir Ron Dearing's funding recommendations had been pre-empted and he understood the frustrations of committee members. Dearing had opted for a student funding system along Australian lines. This was a model supported by the Commission on Scottish Education, to which the EIS contributed.

Mr Forrester welcomed the proposals for building a lifelong education system with different access points which gave "a much fairer deal for part-time students".

Garrick, however, had ducked the difference in funding the extra year in the Scottish four-year honours and had "fudged" the link between Advanced Higher and university entrance.

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