14 July 2011
The first phase of a public consultation about Jersey’s education system was launched on 14 July 2011.
Deputy James Reed, the Minister for Education, Sport and Culture, has published a discussion paper entitled ‘Learning for Tomorrow’s World: The Future of Education in Jersey.’ It is designed to inform Islanders about the current system and seek their views about its strengths and weaknesses.
The paper looks at all aspects of the current provision, from nursery education to adult learning, and asks the public to comment over the next 3 months on what, if anything, should change in future. Depending on the feedback received, the next step will be a series of green and white papers bringing forward detailed proposals on specific issues.
Deputy Reed said “A good quality, successful education system will be vital for the future prosperity of Jersey and the wellbeing of people who live here. It is therefore important that collectively we spend some time considering all aspects of the education service to ensure that our system is fit for the future and capable of meeting future challenges, whatever they might be.
“This paper is a starting point for an open and honest debate on how education is provided. We know from recent events that education can be an emotive and controversial issue. That’s why I have decided to issue a discussion paper in this form. It is essential to give people the facts in context and provide everyone with the opportunity to make their views known.”
“I would like to see a rational productive discussion where every sector of the community has a chance to put forward their views. This is a genuine public consultation. I do not have an agenda or any preconceived ideas about what should happen. I am waiting to hear what the public say.”
Education consultation (government and administration section)