CAMDEN COUNCIL officers called a meeting of parents last week to debate the proposal to use the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) to rebuild Haverstock School.
Teachers at the school were told they could not attend and were left outside the meeting, leafleting the parents on their way in. The director of education and several senior officers put on a glossy slide show to try to sell the idea to the parents and governors in the meeting.
Nearly all the contributions from the floor were against PFI. Parents talked about how they did not want their children's education connected to private companies. The senior council officers clearly went away with the message to dump PFI, and the parents went away to build the lobby of the education committee on Wednesday 28 March.
- MANDY BERGER