Voters' rights

13th June 1997 at 01:00
In the report "Redundancy threatens teaching standards (TES, FE Focus, May 30) there is the following quote attributed to Roger Ward, chief executive of the Association of Colleges: "The more you drive down funding, the more the quality of delivery is threatened."

I have heard of a Roger Ward, but one who, as chief executive of the Colleges' Employers' Forum, was prominent in telling the last government, and humble lecturers and members of the National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education such as myself, that in the happy world of post-incorporation colleges all was for the best in the best of possible worlds - fat pay rises for those at the top, an explosion in the numbers of administrative staff and, to pay for this, 10,000 lecturer redundancies, years of no pay increases for those refusing to accept imposed new contracts, and anear halving of hours taught on courses.

Oh yes, and that NATFHE's argument - that quality was being damaged - was beneath contempt.

I assume these two "Roger Wards" cannot be the same person .

ALAN COOPER, 291b Upton Lane, Forest Gate, London E7

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