Excluded from the agenda
06 February, 2020 — By John Gulliver
IS it possible to discuss our educational system without discussing the equally crucial problem of “school exclusions” which often drive children onto the streets – and criminality.
The answer is No. Well, that is if you are pretty normal.
But I am afraid common sense doesn’t apply to our learned councillors.
The other week they managed to spend 90 minutes debating education without mentioning exclusions.
I gather a member of the children’s committee had handed in her notice to speak – but was not called.
The wheels turn slowly at the Town Hall.
Apparently, it took more than six months before a special panel set up to investigate the borough’s high annual exclusions’ figures actually met.
Its first report was scheduled for a full council meeting – but it never made it.
No wonder the public have such low opinions of local government – and no wonder so few bother to vote in elections.