Special needs betrayal

11th June 2004 at 01:00
To suggest that students with learning difficulties andor disabilities (LDD) are to have programmes of study removed or reduced is a callous act of negligence on the part of the Government and Learning and Skills Council ("Spectre of cash crisis", FE Focus May 28).

FE is one of many transition routes for students with LDD. For many with profound or severe needs (already a token group in some colleges) education of a liberal non-accredited nature combined with a package of social, leisure and recreation activities often provided by other agencies is a meaningful way to more independent, fulfilled lives.

If there is a reduction in this provision at a time when demand is increasing, then the LSC and government should be condemned. It would be a disgraceful act of betrayal and callous victimisation of a needy group of learners.

Len Parkyn

Head of Cherry Trees Further Education Centre Brighton and Hove City

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