Future of Guernsey's secondary schools debated

The Education Department wants to rebuild La Mare de Carteret secondary and primary schools, and conduct a wider review of the number and size of schools.

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La Mare rebuild faces further delay

The La Mare rebuild could face another delay. Credit: ITV News

Education appear to have pulled a u-turn in the fight over rebuilding La Mare De Carteret schools.

They have proposed a change to their own plans which would require them to bring back a report by March next year reviewing the future of secondary education including the size and number of schools.

Education say it provides certainty and avoids a delay in starting the building work, and they will tender for both a 600-capacity high school and a 960-capacity high school, allowing two options depending on what the States decide in March.

But already questions are being asked about how the construction start date can be guaranteed if the rebuild is dependent on a future States resolution.

Yesterday Education rejected calls from politicians to carry out a very similar review, arguing that a failure to approve the building work now would likely mean further delays to the project.

Deputies are debating the new plan from Education this morning and will vote later today.

Our reporter Rob Moore is at the meeting:

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