Tuesday, July 20, 2010

UFI/Learndirect - reports of death greatly exaggerated

Michael Gove's endless, faulty lists were clearly a sign of his inexperience. This is what happens when ideology overrides good sense. To rob the budget for repairing existing schools to pay for new schools for middle-class lobby groups is madness beyond reason.

But this is not the only gaff made by the new Government. Vince Cable, or at least his department BIS, has mistakenly announced the abolition of UFI/Learndirect, not once but twice. The first was on 24 May, which popped up, rather surprisingly on my alerts. The second was on Monday 19 July in an official press release from the COI, on behalf of BIS.

As Mark Twain said, discovering that his obituary had been published in the New York Journal, "Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated" but having your obituary published twice seems, well.......odd!

Would be interesting as UFI HQ is, I believe, slap in the middle of a certain MPs Sheffield Hallam constituency - Nick Clegg!

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Anonymous Bob Harrison said...

Some of these quango closures/mergers were announced in 2008 as well ...as Vince Cable said when he couldn't get his radio mike to work on day 2
"I am in charge of the dept responsible for technical innovation...we are making this up as we go along"...scary!

9:15 AM  
Blogger Donald Clark said...

I spoke last week with Lord Freud in charge of the DWP - he was scatty, confused and vague. We clearly have a raft of inexperienced politicians ramming through changes at breakneck pace with no consideration for the unintended consequences. When the cracks show up in the initial press releases, you've got to worry.

10:52 AM  
Anonymous LesleyP said...

Interesting what you say about Lord Freud....at the ALP conference last week he consistently talked about DIUS both in his speech and during question...makes you wonder who is advising him

10:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting comments about Ufi and its death, as a previous employee i can gurantee that the organsation knew of the demise of grant funding sometime in 2008. The effiency savings have already taken place and the "high street" brand will be all but removed, save a select few. They will deliver solely online learning to the masses and generate income using government bids. Whether this will be successful is anyones guess, but my point is that no matter who won, they were going.


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Try Facebook for educators on web (type into Google - good document. Also Jane hart's social media site http://c4lpt.co.uk/

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