Commenting on the report by the Education Department into the abuse of public funds by the Priory Federation of Academies Trust, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers union said;
“This is quite an extraordinary abuse of position and power and confirms the NUT’s fears about where the lack of accountability in Academies can lead.
“The report into this case underlined and revealed serious mismanagement at all levels and concluded ‘that regularity and transparency in the use of public funds had not been demonstrated’
“It is outrageous that Michael Gove, whose obsession with the micro- management of local authority schools allows this sorry state of affairs to continue.
“Academies are funded by the tax payer and as such should be fully accountable and their finances open and transparent. Michael Gove needs to address this issue with immediate effect. It is simply wrong. The Education Secretary should not be allowed to continue in this cavalier fashion, with tax payers money.
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