‘They’ appear several times in BBC Scotland’s headline story:
What are we paying for? I could do everything I am doing from my house, so why have they sent us here?
I do think they are just trying to make money off us being in halls and they knew this was inevitably going to happen.
Reading through this BBC report, the Scottish Government, the Higher Education Minister and the First Minister all get a mention. Are they the ‘they?’
One mum, not necessarily related to any BBC Scotland staff member or representative of the opposition parties, knows fine who is to blame:
Helen Kirkpatrick’s daughter is a second year student at Glasgow’s Strathclyde University and is staying in private halls. She said: “After going back there she has found out that all classes will be online for the first semester. “She’s signed an agreement and paid a lot of money to stay there and what for? Now she is essentially imprisoned? “She could have studied at home – I think the Scottish government could have handled this a lot better.“
Does the Scottish Government decide whether or not courses can be run at a distance or require face-to-face classes?
I was in Higher Education for 40 years. I can’t remember a single example of a government minister having anything at all to say to us except on big issues like funding or inclusion.
I remember trying to report the waste of public finances by my own university and the Minister, Angela Constance, responding that she could do nothing about that because universities are autonomous institutions that can do what they like if their board of governors is agreeable.
Here’s a wild thought. Could ‘they’ be the University principals?
Where is Glasgow University’s principal, Anton Muscatelli? Could he have answered Mrs Kilpatrick’s question? Are they, the students, on-campus just to pay rent? Is it corporate greed? What was his bonus last year.
And, BBC Scotland, why not ask him?
They (BBC) have not learned from the private care homes saga where they tried to pin the deaths on the Scottish Government