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Cut in grants 'would hit schools'

Lesley Le Page
Lesley Le Page said the colleges were a vital part of the local education

Any funding changes for private schools in Guernsey could have far-reaching consequences for the island's education system, a head teacher says.

The States currently fund Blanchelande, Ladies and Elizabeth Colleges to the tune of 4.5m a year, but this agreement comes to an end in 2012.

Education Minister Carol Steere said cuts were need at her department.

Blanchelande principal Lesley Le Page said any cuts would affect an integral part of the education system.

'Vital part'

The current States funding allows 23 students to study at the private schools via scholarships and the rest goes towards subsidising other pupils.

Lesley Le Page said the current system not only offered a chance of a better education but, more importantly, value for money.

She said: "Most people realise that the colleges are an integral part of education on the island and any changes to the colleges could have far-reaching consequences.

"We would like to see a realisation of the fact the colleges are a vital part of the system, a system that evolved on the island and works very, very well.

"The colleges are part of that, and we'd like to see that continue."

Education Minister Carol Steere said that any changes would be discussed between the rest of the department's members before a decision was made.


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