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Pre-school privatisation moves closer

Government run pre-schools in the Island are to be privatised from September.

That was all but confirmed this evening (Tuesday) after Tynwald rejected alternative proposals.

Members of the House of Keys and Legislative Council were divided over the issue and two members of the Department of Education, MHKs John Houghton and Zac Hall, excused themselves from the chamber and did not vote.

The vote for the department's plans for privatisation (13-9 in the House of Keys and 1-7 against in the Legislative Council) means
private operators will take over facilities at 12 Island schools in the autumn.

More on the news and Mandate on Wednesday morning.

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