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Peterborough’s Labour party parliamentary candidate and local campaigner for a university fit for the 21st century Ed Murphy is concerned that choice for local students is being curtailed following the decision of PRC to cut it’s A level provision.

Ed Murphy - Peterborough Parliamentary Spokesperson


Prospective students who had wished to study for A levels will now need to change plans if the College go ahead with cuts in provision. However Ed Murphy is asking that the decision is reconsidered and students are consulted about future learning and skills provision in Peterborough.

Ed commented, “I have contacted the head of PRC and the Students Union to see what can be done. The conservative councillors have recently shut too many schools and we are heading for a shortage of places to study in Peterborough. Where education and skills level are far to poor already.

“The civic leaders need to wake up and provide resources and leadership if we are going to improve the situation - what about some direct action to get this on the agenda. The views of students and young people should be listened to by the authorities – last year I am told was a record year for the number of students taking A ‘levels at PRC.

“Once again the less fortunate students seem to take the hit in boro.... It is about time we looked at PRC as an opportunity for improvements and a grown up place to study as an alternative to Peterborough Schools. I have spoken with the head of PRC and may contact the board and minister to check out how we can make PRC grow better. Peterborough deserves and needs decent Higher Education and that means a University to be proud off and more opportunities at PRC.

Ed believes that PRC is following the funding to some degree on this one (600k), but A levels are going to lose status over the coming years and better qualifications will be sought by students - PRC wants to have a reputation to be at the cutting edge of this and secure £80 for new funding to develop HE in Peterborough.

“I have asked that more is done to make current A 'level students feel valued at PRC and have received assurances that current studies will not be cut and I asked that the future of A level provision is not curtailed straight away, he continued.

For more information contact Ed Murphy via the Peterborough Labour Party website.

 

Ed Murphy is the Labour Party Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Peterborough www.peterboroughlabourparty.com

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