Former ESC vice president calls for more information from Education

23rd August 2019

Feedback is desperately needed on Education, Sport, and Culture’s planned transformation of the island’s education system.

That’s according to the former vice president of ESC, Deputy Carl Meerveld, who has circulated a second drafted sursis motive on the matter.

Deputy Meerveld says the latest release of information from the committee hasn’t swayed him.

‘I don’t think it’ll come as a surprise at all, I’ve been talking about this for a long time and it’s not a secret that I’m not a fan of the two-school-model and I’ve questioned its practicality and its implementation almost since it was proposed.

‘My skepticism hasn’t been reduced with the latest release of information.’

Outsiders looking in have suggested Deputy Meerveld’s sursis are a case of ‘sour grapes’ after he resigned from that committee for attempting to launch a guerilla marketing campaign for his proposed three-school-model of education in December 2017.

He, however, disagrees with that notion.

‘My interest is the students of Guernsey, and also the impact on our economy and our society because both of those are influenced by the education system we provide to our children.

‘If the education system is not up to par, providing both the qualifications but also the soft skills needed for our economy, then it’s going to undermine our economy.’

Deputy Matt Fallaize, the incumbent president of ESC, says Deputy Meerveld’s second sursis is no more justified than the first.

‘A sursis of any form is wholly unnecessary because the States have been debating these issues long enough and have enough information before them to come to firm decisions on our policy letter.

‘Deputy Meerveld is now taking the Committee’s policy letter on the capital funding proposals which are necessary to put into effect the future model of education agreed by the States last year and trying to link it to the circumstances relating to the appointment of an officer by the civil service.

‘Even some of the committee’s most regular critics in the States have recognised that these two issues are obviously separate.

‘I doubt Deputy Meerveld is going to find many other States members flooding to support his latest sursis. I suspect most of his colleagues will see it as an increasingly desperate and far-fetched attempt to defeat the Committee’s policy letter and bring down the Committee without offering any credible alternative plans for the future of education.’

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