The start of this thread from June of 2011 highlights several issues with the way education has been managed. Is it not incredible that a clause placed by a states department civil servant on tax payer funded reports, that they are written on the understanding they are for the departments eyes only and are not allowed outside of the department, which makes a complete folly of accountability. Little or no accountability leads to a culture of laziness, slack work practice and a feeling of being untouchable.
This was amplified by the head of Education's Mr Mario Lundy's refusal ( just retired on a big pension, more reward for failure ) when " asked " by states members and parents faced with large increases in school fees regarding how many- non - teaching staff meaning administration and support staff are employed at education. He refused to give an answer, and was allowed by Ministers - not to answer. Reader you are seeing the outcome of a weak Council of Ministers allowing this culture.
Notice below in the latest statement by a choir of industry leaders almost three and a half years later ( of poor education for many children but not all ) Senator Paul Routier yet again, desperate to been seen by the public and business leaders on stage, makes a typical meaningless statement.
" Senator Paul Routier also spoke out, suggesting that senior politicians were committed to improving the situation "
If he had any sort of backbone, he ( and other weak states members ) would have demanded answers to questions, three and a half years ago, by a States employee working at education.
The final point I want to make is throwing more money at any business or states department is no guarantee of success if the culture or management is weak, inefficient or uncaring.
The old labour Government in the UK threw billions more to improve the NHS several years ago. When a report was ordered on the improvements attained after a period of two years. It was discovered to the dismay of the labour health minister that the money had been absorbed by higher pay and an increase of management posts resulting in minor improvements to the NHS service.
Bailiwick Express [ statements are selective please read full article ]
But ministers at the IoD debate made it clear that there is frustration over the lack of reform at the Education department, and they are not prepared to put up with "business as usual".
The first speaker at last night’s event was Mark Boleat, who started the ball rolling by saying that Jersey should be ashamed of its education system.
His comments opened the floodgates as the focus shifted quickly to education – John Mills, the former chief civil servant, who was instrumental in forcing the Education department to publicly reveal exam results that showed some individual schools were faring far worse than their overall statistics suggested five years ago, said that there was a real issue.
“Compared to London or the South East, schools in Jersey just aren’t performing,” he said.http://www.bailiwickexpress.com/jsy/news/education-finally-pushed-timetable/?t=i#.VCZhZEu9vwI