No such thing as a free education

21st January 2000 at 00:00
EVERYONE agrees education needs more funding. The point is should we concern ourselves about how education is funded?

Private Finance Initiative (PFI) is probably too good to be true. We should not be being seduced by the short-term benefits. PFI poses questions about quality of service, value for money, control of facilities, the effect on pay and conditions and possible conflicts of interest.

If the Government's fnancial position was dire we could understand the attraction of PFI, (just) but we are told that the Government's finances are sound.

Let's fund education properly. Public authorities could take cheap investment loans from the European Investment Bank, which lends for education. The cost of borrowing money the PFI way will in the end be far greater.

Mary Blake


Campaign for State Education.

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