Created on: 11 Mar 2020 | Last modified: 13 Mar 2020
There has been much misinformation given about the reasons for privatisation. Here, we debunk some of these.
All incorporated, public, colleges have charitable status and are registered with OSCR therefore this is NOT a reason to privatise Further Education in Shetland.
The Audit Scotland Scotland’s Colleges 2019 report highlights the following:
Why would we want there to be less public accountability, oversight and governance of our tax-payers’ money?
Colleges receive a significant level of public funding and the EIS agrees that the Scottish Government (through the Scottish Funding Council) should ensure that the sector is appropriately resourced.
This is TRUE, although incorporated colleges can use Arms Lengths Trusts to effectively generate reserves. They can also carry over a small surplus. Nonetheless, finances should be reinvested into education, staff and resources rather than building reserves which commodifies education and can pit colleges in competition with each other.
Scotland’s Colleges 2018/19 reports show how non-governmental income is raised through education contracts or commercial purposes. For example, industry can contract with the college to deliver bespoke courses, accommodation can be let out, and funds can be raised from commercial sales. Colleges can also utilise the expertise of their staff in order to provide consultancy advice and developmental services to commercial organisations and bodies.
We have seen absolutely no information on this claim to substantiate it.