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e-Petition: Public Accountability and Consultation in Higher Education

March 17th, 2009 · No Comments

e-Petition: Public Accountability and Consultation in Higher Education

We call upon the National Assembly for Wales to urge the Welsh government to introduce an open and transparent system to scrutinise the standards of service and value for money offered by the Higher Education sector in Wales, and to ensure changes in service levels are subject to public consultation.

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We need to create a sense of balance to safeguard the future of Welsh Higher Education by the introduction of public accountability and consultation. The 1992 Further and Higher Education Act took away powers from the Minister of Education and handed them over to a QUANGO the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) and its subsidiary the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). The current New Labour government under the Public Audit (Wales) Act 2004 introduced further financial deregulation. This means that students as users and the public as taxpayers do not have any direct or indirect means of having their say with regard to higher education. If changes were made to hospitals, schools, or colleges of further education, without proper consultation there would be an outcry. The public, media, and politicians from all parties have been questioning the usefulness of degrees with regard to the cost of service provision and their career relevance particularly in times of recession.

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