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Education round-up

Issue No. 2038


Over 200 Dundee University students, lecturers and workers protested on Thursday of last week against a plan to slash over 100 jobs as part of management’s “sustainability review”.

Carrying signs decrying the cutbacks in a variety of languages, the protesters surrounded the entrance to the building where the university senate was meeting and chanted, “No to cuts!” as top management entered.

Under the sustainability review, community language classes would triple in cost and entire departments, such as the botanical garden and applied language studies, would disappear.

The anti-cuts campaign continues and was due to hold a silent protest at the university’s celebration of the 40th anniversary of its creation on Friday this week.

Esther Sassaman

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Plans to turn Islington Green School in north London into a city academy have come under attack after it was revealed that the admissions criteria would change – keeping some poorer children out of the school.

The school is on the border of Islington and Hackney. At the moment around a third of the school’s intake is from Hackney. But boundaries for the proposed academy have been redrawn so only a handful of Hackney children will be admitted.

Teacher Ken Muller said, “A number of Hackney parents who were consulted would have been under the impression their children would be eligible. But they’re not.”

Legal papers have been submitted to the High Court on asking for a judicial review into the plans.

Milton Keynes

The council cabinet, controlled by the minority Liberal Democrat administration, has voted – without dissent – to set up the first “private” academy school in Milton Keynes to replace a community comprehensive school.

Respect campaigner Neil Williams was one of those protesting outside the council meeting. He said, “Our councillors seem hell bent on handing over £28 million pounds of public money to a company, Edge, who have never run a school before.”

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Sat 17 Feb 2007, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2038
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