Molyneux Ward Labour councillors join Academies demonstration ou

Anti Academnies demonstration

Molyneux Ward Labour Councillors Tony Carr and Marion Atkinson joined protesters this week to call for parents to be balloted before the schools consider going for Academy Status.

Protesters gathered outside Maghull High and Deyes High to put pressure on the schools' governors who were gathering for meetings.

Cllr Carr and Cllr Atkinson both said they have been contacted by concerned parents who say their views aren't being considered by the schools.

Cllr Atkinson said both Maghull high schools were already exemplary schools due to previous Labour-government investment.

Cllr Atkinson said: "I spoke to one parent who chose to send their child to a Maghull school because of its outstanding achievements and she firmly believes it's down to investment over the last decade that has helped the school achieve the very high standards which it does.

"But she cannot understand why governors are risking the status as the changes under this Tory-Lib Dem government are not clear nor are they guaranteed to make any improvements especially when moving away from the Local Authority control.

"I think this is another example of this Tory-Lib Dem Government wanting to absolve any accountability to parents and our children. I ask all schools considering this change in status to consult with parents and get their views before making these decisions. These decisions will have massive implications for our children."

Cllr Carr said the move towards academies is a flawed ideologically driven policy which will be disastrous to future generations.

Cllr Carr said: "Many parents who have contacted me are angry that they are not being consulted about their schools going for Academy Status and are baffled why the schools want to.

"This move is not about education it is purely and simply about finance and the Tory-Lib Dem government's ambition to dumb down the majority, which is exactly what we are seeing happen with the introduction of the extortionate tuition fees.

"The realisation that knowledge is power has forced this government to re-evaluate the opportunities made available to young people.

"Under the last government there was a massive increase in university places made available to students with the ability to achieve.

"The current government has taken the view if backdoor privatisation of our education system reduces opportunity for less privileged individuals and fills the pockets of corporate shareholders they will inevitably kill off any social and moral values to be replaced with power and greed."


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