Town's MP calls for Education Secretary to visit Cumbernauld over local college's Motherwell merger proposals
Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 01:23 GMT on Monday 4th February, 2013.
CUMBERNAULD, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East’s local MP has appealed for Scotland’s Education Secretary to visit Cumbernauld and answer questions over a proposed merger of Cumbernauld and Motherwell Colleges.

Gregg McClymont, MP for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East appealed to Mike Russell MSP after Cumbernauld and Motherwell College announced their intensions to merge ahead the new summer intake.

The MP has said that with “…the independence of Cumbernauld College under threat…” Education Secretary, Mike Russell must visit Cumbernauld in order to answer charges that the merger is bad for Cumbernauld. 

According to Mr McClymont’s website, “SNP Government funding cuts have forced Cumbernauld College to cut costs and a rapid merger with Motherwell is set to be rushed through by August.”

“Since the announcement that the Colleges are to merge, students and staff and the wider public have been awaiting clarification of precisely what this means for Cumbernauld,” Gregg commented.

In his letter to the Cabinet Secretary the MP expresses deep concern about the plan and asks for clarification on what the end of Cumbernauld College's independence means for the quality of education in Cumbernauld and the wider role the College plays in our community.

Gregg McClymont MP added: “I have written to Mike Russell MSP asking him to visit the College and hear first-hand local concerns. I’m asking him to guarantee that there will be no reduction in the breadth and quality of courses available in Cumbernauld.”
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