Controversial Scottish government plans to change the way colleges and universities are run have been backed in principle by parliament. Ministers said the reforms would widen access to education, but opposition politicians branded them “a dog’s breakfast”. This is from the BBC…
Labour challenged the government to withdraw its Post-16 Education (Scotland) Bill.
Education Secretary Michael Russell said the legislation was essential.
He called on other parties to work with the government to take the reforms forward.
The government hopes to make post-16 year education more responsive to the learner and employers.
The bill concentrates on:
- college regionalisation
- university governance
- widening access to higher education
- a review of fundable further and higher education
- tuition fees
- and data sharing.
Speaking in the Scottish Parliament, Mr Russell said: “The clear message I am hearing from learners, staff and institutions is that the principles and policy objectives identified are the right ones.”