Saturday, 11 May 2013
Attack on Catholic education in Tameside.
In short, some pupils attending St Damians RC science college and who get free passes because of the distance they must travel will now lose them.
See this on Tameside's web site- http://www.tameside.gov.uk/tbc/schooltransport/faqs
This affects 350 pupils throughout Tameside and will "save" the council £108000. Which is a fraction of the salary paid to the top dozen or so unelected council officials in the borough.
It will hit the poorest sections of the community the hardest. Parents have the freedom of choice to send their children to their preferred school, but not the cash to do so.
For once New Charter are NOT throwing their money around.
Of course, old conspiracy theorists like me see an ulterior motive here. The Catholic children forced into a state school which does not have a Catholic / Christian ethos will be subjected to what laughingly is described as "education". While the Catholic Schools deprived of their catholic pupils will have to take in non-Catholics with a consequent dilution of that school's ethos.
"Frankfurt School" ring a bell?