Nanny has still something of a chip on her shoulder when it comes to mixing money and educashun, money from the private sector is somewhat frowned upon.
How very silly of her.
Anyhoo, it came to pass that Goldman Sachs (the US investment bank) had offered £2M to sponsor a city academy in Tower Hamlets, London's poorest borough.
Can you guess what the good councillors of Tower Hamlets said?
Yes, that's right!
They said NO.
The Labour controlled council announced that it did not want the money, and claimed that it already offered "schools that parents want".
Clearly the councillors are not as aware of the "quality" of educashun in their "beloved" borough as they should be. Tower Hamlets GCSE results, including maths and English, are well below the national average.
Schools Minister Andrew Adonis said:
"I am deeply disappointed that Tower Hamlets
have turned down excellent offers of sponsorship
for academies, which is depriving young people
of fantastic opportunities which otherwise
would have been available to them."
Lord Adonis forgets one important rule in the thinkinbg of councils such as Tower Hamlets, it's not the quality of educashun that matters but the politics!
Anyone care to tell me why councils such as Tower Hamlets should be allowed to exist???