It’s James here – scholars of WHYS cameos will know I’ve occasionally sat in the presenter’s chair in the past (I’ve posted the evidence below :-)).
At the moment i’m working as a reporter for World Service, and I’m wondering if the WHYS community can help with a story i’m looking into. I’m asking whether financial problems are forcing parents to take their kids out of private schools and put them into the public system.
One person who has been affected is Nikki, who wrote in to the BBC Website:
“We recently had to take my daughter out of private education due to my husband being made redundant. This caused a massive emotional strain on all of us in the family, especially my daughter who after being in the private sector for almost 8 years had to make new friends and get to grips with state education.”
Have you had to take your child out of private education because you can’t afford it any more? How has this decision affected you and your kids? Do you have children who are about to start school, are you opting for the public system for financial reasons? I’d love to hear your stories.
And now one from the WHYS vaults, a balmy night in Beijing almost exactly a year ago, the eve of the Olympics on the roof of Fish Nation Cafe.