We, the undersigned, call on the Scottish Government to reject the proposal that Shetland College is taken out of public control. Experience has shown that moves towards privatisation damage public services.
With very few exceptions, Scottish colleges are democratically accountable and Shetland's students and community deserve to be treated in the same way.
The current proposal is for the new merged college in Shetland to become an "unincorporated" company, limited by guarantee. This would mean:
The main source of funding for the new merged college in Shetland will come from public monies. With that level of public funding our college, students and staff deserve the security of knowing their education and jobs are protected.
Please add your name to the petition. Thank you.