The year in question was the one ending in March, before teachers had the first instalment of their salary increase in their pay packets. The 21 per cent rise in departures from the profession represented a less dramatic 63 more teachers. We were not even told if these were early retirements, stressed-out staff or perfectly normal farewells.
Another staggering insight was from a poll for last Saturday's Herald which revealed that 48 per cent of those surveyed (no raw figures were supplied) did not believe they could trust this year's exam results. Well, there's a surprise. After months of an unrelenting diet of press reports which told readers that they should not trust the results, we find to our astonishment that the readers say they cannot trust the results. And they call this news.