Monday, December 27, 2010

Education Cuts in Scotland

The Star on Friday highlighted Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s remarks that Sarawakians must not make the “wrong choice” in the coming state election. The way he said it is as if they have made a wrong choice and they must not repeat this mistake! He said the state election would be called at a time when Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud saw it fit. And Taib has until July next year before the current term of the state assembly ends. Yeap, I agree with Muhyiddin – let me earnestly express the hope that the people in Sarawak don’t repeat the mistake.

According to UK’s The Daily Express on December 21, 2010, funding for Scotland’s universities will be slashed by £120 million next year as part of the SNP’s public spending cuts. Taking tuition fees and teaching grants into account, the gross income for universities and colleges from public sources will drop by 8 per cent, more than the 6 per cent cut for universities south of the Border. It comes as the Scottish Government is forced to find £900 million worth of savings due to cuts to the Scottish block grant from Westminster.

Mary Senior, of the University and College Union, said: “The rest of the world is investing in higher education and we risk being left behind if we continue to wrongly think we can cut education.”

As with England, Scotland is also getting screwed up. Hopefully, the SNP will not follow the Lib-Dems and renege on their pledge. In SNP’s case, they had promised to provide free university education for Scots. They just have to be more creative in order that they can keep their pledge.

In the SPL game between Celtic and St Johnstone, Cha Du-Ri and Ki Sung-Yeung scored both goals (90+1, 90+3) in injury time for the former in what has been described as an uninspiring encounter with Saints in Glasgow. It's still worth 3 points, right?

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