The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, David Cameron has rejected the removing of parent governors from school governing bodies.
Mr Cameron was alleged for PM’s question of “attack of parent” proposing to end the obligation to have them as governors for school. Moreover, he also called it “simply wrong” to assume it would scrap them.
However, labor claimed it as ‘removing the requirement’ for the academies to have parent governors.
Labour’s Catherine West questioned Mr Cameron regarding government’s White Paper which proposes that all the state schools in England should become academies.
Catherine West told that the “sadness and anger” as it would also end the need for individual schools in order to have parent governors.
Moreover, she also informed that the parent governors had also provided ‘important civic duty’ in order to support their local schools.
Cameron replied: Parents have a great role to play, but no school should think that simply by having parent governors you’ve solved the problem about how to engage with parents.
He also called the debate opposing the academy plans by the Labor motion as ‘inaccurate’ and also clarified that the never meant of scrapping parent governors, “The Labour motion says the White Paper proposes the removal of parent governors from school governing bodies. It does no such thing.”
The White Paper said: We will no longer require academy trusts to reserve places for elected parents on governing boards. We will offer this freedom to all open and new academies, and as we move towards a system where every school is an academy, fully skills-based governance will become the norm across the education system.
White Papers added, “Parents often have these skills and many parents already play a valuable role in governance – and will always be encouraged to serve on governing boards.”
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