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by Flora Drury
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Haringey’s Liberal Democrat councillors have been blasted by their Labour opponents for a lack of commitment to improving education.
Just six Lib-Dem councillors (28 per cent) sit as governors at Haringey schools, compared to 14 Labour councillors (41pc).
Labour criticised an apparent lack of will among their rivals to take the bull by the horns, on the back of stinging criticism from the Lib-Dem camp over the borough’s A-level results.
School governing bodies agree budgets and help decide “key issues”.
Among the Lib-Dems, two sit on the governing bodies of secondary schools, and four on primaries.
The Labour councillors sit on the boards of nine primaries, three nurseries and six secondaries, thanks to four councillors each sitting as governors for two schools.
A Labour spokesman said: “[Lib-Dem education spokesman Cllr Katherine Reece’s] disparaging remarks about the achievements of Haringey students this summer are even more cynical given that so few of her Lib-Dem colleagues are willing to get involved as school governors and help push improvements in their local schools.”
But Cllr Reece said Lib Dem governors’ numbers were fluid, adding: “We want all Haringey students to do as well as they can and our comments are not intended to imply criticism of any pupils. We are critical of the Labour council who have now been running Haringey for more than 40 years.
“In that time other struggling boroughs have improved but Haringey still lags behind.” She added: “They are in charge - they should be tackling the problem.”