Some of the 3000 students at Havering Technical College may have to end their courses in July because there is not enough money to pay for their education in the next academic year.
This waning was given this week by Cllr. Terry Boonton (Lab.) a college governor who fought unsuccessfully in Havering Council to get the college another £15,000.
But another college governor Cllr. Mrs. Elsie Gallant (Con.) disagreed. She told me: “I have been assured that no student is in any danger of having a course terminated on which he has already embarked.
Claimed Cllr. Booton: “The list of courses and young people affected by the Tory/RA decision to cut back on their estimates already severely cut by the college governors before the Education Committee got to work on them is long and heart-breaking. “Young people will have to go outside the borough to find education after the age of 16 and the supreme irony is that this will probably cost the borough more than if the courses were provided to cally”.
Cllr. Booton did succeed in having £15,000 put on to the estimates at Education Committee but it was trimmed off again by the Finance Committee.
Mrs. Gallant whose abstention helped Cllr. Booton to win his short-lived victory in Education Committee, said this week: “I abstained to give people time to go into it properly.”
This is an awful predicament. You can’t promise to hold the rates down and then start asking for more money for all your pet schemes.”
The college governors will be meeting soon to discuss the financial problems and these are bound to be high on the agenda at next week’s further education sub-committee meeting.