AUSTRALIA. The former headteacher of an elite Sydney private school, who once taught Prince Charles, is to chair a Dearing-style inquiry into higher education.
Roderick West was head of Trinity School for 21 years until his retirement last year. His appointment, which has shocked the education unions, led to further alarm after he said in a radio interview that education and training were separate.
Sharan Burrow, president of the Australian Education Union, said the comment revealed "appalling ignorance about the nature of tertiary education in Australia".
The committee has been asked to identify options for the financing of higher education teaching and research, including the balance between private and public funding.