Jersey minister wants more money for State schools

Education Minister, Deputy Patrick Ryan
Image caption Deputy Ryan wants extra money for the state schools

Jersey's education minister has said he wants more funding for state secondary schools.

Deputy Patrick Ryan said the money was needed to improve the non-fee paying sector and bring it up to the same standard as the fee paying schools.

In the past concerns have been raised that pupils at some state schools were not doing well enough in exams.

He said: "I am going to be asking the States to improve the non-fee paying sector by further investment."

The breakdown for GCSE grades for Jersey schools were published for the first time in 2011.

This followed a freedom of information request earlier in the same year that showed some Jersey schools achieved very low GCSE pass rates in 2010.

The education department said it was not fair to compare results because of the selective nature of the secondary system.

Jersey has four state-run secondary schools as well as two fee-paying grammar schools, two Catholic private schools and a post-14 selective grammar school.

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