A college boss has channeled his “inner Dolly Parton” in an appeal for further education (FE) funding.
Ian Pryce, principal of Bedford College, has recorded a version of dolly Parton’s song Jolene, changing the lyrics of Justine, and aims at the Education Secretary Justine Greening.
A-line petition: “Justine, Justine, Justine, Justine, please do not harm us just because you can.”
The Department of Education has not yet commented on the song.
Mr Pryce has recorded his version of Country and Western classic to draw attention to what he considers to be an unfair funding deal for the further education sector.
One of the song lines says: “Our funding, does not compare with the schools, it is really so unfair, if only you would show you care, Justine.”
Mr. Pryce, who was awarded a CBE for his work in the field of education, has published the song in advance of Tuesday, the Association of Colleges ‘ annual conference.
“The Association of the University has made an unanswerable case for a fairer deal for our students,” Mr. Pryce said.
“We are the key to the post-Brexit Britain, however, the funding is much lower than that of schools and universities.”
Tweaking the Dolly Parton lyrics were “making a serious point in a fun way,” he said.
“We’re hoping that the secretary of state will be persuaded,” he said.
To be sure, one of the song lines, recalls: “You could get to the Number 10, but then you could get the new Gove… you’re the only one for us, Justine.”