Set the record straight

13th October 2000 at 01:00
BOB Fryer's contribution to the current extremely impressive post-16 education agenda of this government is rightly honoured in your report of his speech the Labour party conference.

What isn't honoured by your reporter is all that he actually said.

Having shared the platform with him please allow me to set the record straight.

First, he paid tribute to England's colleges of further education and all that they have contributed since incorporation. He went further, and indeed opened his address, by recognising the commitment of Malcolm Wicks and indicating a feeling shared by most of us - that we are very fortunate in Malcolm Wicks's leadership and understanding of FE.

Bob Fryer did rightly ay that colleges could not deliver the agenda ahead under the Learning and Skills Council alone, and went on to urge creative co-operation from all the LSC world


In my contribution from the same platform, I referred to this as "learning unleashed" and in doing so I give credit to the fact that Bob Fryer is in large part a main designer of the opportunities ahead - and he spoke with great excitement about those opportunities.

Your article under-represented his great energy, enthusiasm and love for this work. And by taking this stance, it served only to minimise unfairly his considerable earlier contributions.

Ruth Silver


Lewisham College

London SE4

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