Institute for Learning (or Leaving?!) Pt. 2

Apparently, the IfL fiasco is going from bad to worse. Firstly, FE teaching staff are being served with ultimatums – ‘sign-up or lose your job’. Once signed up, however, full-time lecturers with decades of experience but without the necessary hoops, or those with overseas qualifications, are being told in droves that they are no longer up-to-scratch and merely classroom assistants despite their knowledge and service. It does not stop here, however. If you are lucky enough to recognised as a member i.e. holding a post-grad qual then you are entitled, and believe us you couldn’t make this one up, you are entitled to pay £45 per annum for the privilege. In short, the Government has set up another quango, entrusted its running to a private organisation who in return are charging people for the right to join an Institute that nobody wants or has heard of. And those who refuse? Loss of teacher status. Time to join a union.

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