Free Schools ‘are Waste Of Public Money’
Free Schools ‘are Waste Of Public Money’, Twice as many new free schools will start the new term compared with last year, its been announced. More Free Schools ‘Are Waste Of Public Money’, Twice as many free schools, compared with 2011, will be opening their doors as the new school year gets under way this week, amid claims that millions of pounds of public money is being wasted.
Education Secretary Michael Gove said he hoped that the 55 new free schools would be “equally successful” as the 24 which launched last September.
But he has faced criticism after some free schools which were due to open for the autumn term failed over the summer, including One In A Million in Bradford and Newham Free Academy in east London.
Both schools abandoned plans to open this year after they failed to attract enough pupils.
Mr Gove said: “Every child should have the choice to go to an excellent local school. These new schools have been set up by idealistic people who are determined to give parents the kind of choice that only the rich can currently afford.
“The first 24 free schools are enormously popular and I expect this second wave to be equally successful.”
But speaking on Sky News’ Dermot Murnaghan programme on Sunday, shadow education secretary Stephen Twigg accused Mr Gove of “incompetence”.
He said: “Some of the free schools opening are fully subscribed, they will be brilliant, successful schools and I wish them well.
“A number of local authorities have recognised the only way to get money from this Government for a new school is to have a free school.
“But the problem we have got is the Government puts all of its eggs in the basket of free schools, so when they fail it is a waste of public money.”
Mr Twigg added: “Part of the problem is there is a kind of incompetence here from Michael Gove because there is a determination to do everything incredibly quickly.