This summer Glasgow has lost more primary teachers than it has been able to gain from the colleges or elsewhere - and there has been little evidence of the promised voluntary restraint in recruitment by the well-staffed authorities.
Young teachers leave the city in search of housing or promotion, and this year there is the added complication of the changeover to the four-term year, which is bringing Glasgow teachers back to school a good fortnight before their colleagues in the surrounding counties . . .
Glasgow still has vacancies for at least 80 primary teachers in non-denominational schools, and there is a distinct possibility that some of them may have to start the session with some children coming part-time . . .
In the secondaries, it is much more serious, with something like 600 vacancies to be filled throughout the city . . . shortages are very widespread . . . mathematics, English, modern languages, technical and physics specialists are badly needed throughout the city.