Is the hidden agenda further privatisation of education: profit, power and control?

trojan horseThe Adam Smith Institute produced a report called Profit Making Free Schools – unlocking the potential of England’s Proprietorial schools sector. The Breckland Free School in Suffolk awarded a £21 million contract to Swedish for-profit education company Internationella Engelska Skolan UK.

Corporate Trojan Horses

EU Commissioner defends TTIP.

EU Commissioner defends TTIP.

America is attempting to introduce trade treaties with Europe (TTIP) and Asia (TPP) which would implicitly remove powers from elected domestic governments, limiting food safety, environmental standards, financial regulation, energy and climate policy, establishing further legal powers and commercial opportunities for corporations.

Alert Americans are highlighting these imperial ambitions; an American cartoon by David Horsey portrays representatives of big business (in this case oil) climbing into the decoy horse and being warned: “Don’t come out until after the election”. Another UK version could show Internationella Engelska Skolan and other corporations entering . . .

Gender segregation in education – a feature of fee-paying education – is only contrary to British values when it occurs in state schools

The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) points out that some of the schools investigated as part of the so-called Trojan Horse affair were only recently rated “outstanding” for their academic achievement and inclusivity. Issues of governance were highlighted by Ofsted and MCB agrees that these should be looked at, adding “But to conflate them with issues of security and extremism is a dangerous approach”.

Fear and intimidation?

“A culture of fear and intimidation has taken grip” in Birmingham schools caught up in the Trojan Horse claims, says Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw.

But is not the government’s totally unacceptable regime of fear and intimidation eventually opening even more doors to the ‘for-profit education’ corporates?