Spin accentuated the negative;Letter

6th August 1999 at 01:00
THE TES (July 23) led the FE Focus section with a story about the Association of College's highly efficient management of its finances this year and on the development of the organisation as some staff left and others came on board.

You chose to spin this story differently. We and your readers might justifiably be puzzled that such positive news should have been treated so negatively. On the spending of our surplus, you might have shared our pleasure that members' wishes, consulted via a countrywide tour of AOC regions which I undertook myself, have been implemented with such speed. You might have noted that regional offices are already being strengthened with new appointments, and that the board has already endorsed new spend on what our members have also asked for - higher profile for colleges and more researched intelligence on colleges' issues.

You could have been particularly glowing about the winning of external contracts. You could have said that while over the year, some staff have left or are leaving, others are coming on board and perhaps talked a little about them, since most will welcome the chance to make early contact with the sector.

David Gibson Chief executive AOC, 103 New Oxford Street London WC1A

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