Mistaken about funding comment

17th November 2000 at 00:00
THE ARTICLE by Harvey McGavin (FE Focus, November 10 ) was a very fair assessment of our discussions following the Further Education Funding Council's final Annual General Meeting and principals' conference. The headline however was not. I did not say that the funding methodology was "our big mistake" rather that it was effective in establishing the sector, but it is now ripe for change.

One other aspect may have benefited quite literally, from another word. It was with regard to the Association of Colleges.

My comment was that I was disappointed "the AoC had not emerged earlier as a strongr advocate for the sector".

I, and many others, do feel the college sector and the AoC have recently had to make up ground lost in earlier years. The funding council has said repeatedly that the sector needs a powerful voice of its own.

Over the past two years, the Association of Colleges has rightly laid claim to providing this.

When the Learning and Skills Council takes over from the FEFC next April, the sector will need to be in good voice, singing in harmony about the essential role FE plays.

David Melville

Chief executive

Further Education Funding Council

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