25 Years Ago

TES Scotland, March 24, 1972 The report of the Millar committee on moral and religious education, set up in 1968, said that the Scottish Education Department should consider whether total detachment from RE would be a sensible policy in the future. There should be no Higher or Ordinary grade exams in RE but a sixth-year paper should be introduced. And there should be a teaching qualification in RE.

The committee were dubious of the practicalities of teaching about other religions because of the necessarily sketchy account that could be given. Children wanted to hear about them, but the committee thought they would be as bored by them as by Christianity.

RE should not be dropped by senior pupils, the report said. These pupils need specialist teachers, or non-specialists frankly attempting with them to discover the real facts.

* Mr Allan Drummond, senior president of the Students' Representative Council, will no longer be invited to attend meetings of Edinburgh University Court. A motion moved by Lord Cameron, the chancellor's assessor on the court, "that in view of the part taken by the senior president in the promotion and support of the recent sit-in in the administrative offices of the university, he should no longer be invited to attend meetings" was carried by 14 votes to two.

* Mr Farquhar Macintosh, the new rector at Edinburgh's Royal High said that the response was "tremendous" to the hair-styling sessions for the upper school. The aim was not to suggest that pupils cut their hair shorter but that they had some sense of style.

* A homecraft teacher at Grove Academy, Dundee, has been overpaid Pounds 875 as a result of a clerical error which put her at the maximum of scale one of the salaries memorandum instead of scale four. Through her solicitors Mrs Lyon indicated that she did not consider herself under a legal obligation to repay any part of the sum.


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