It is more essential than ever to note these accomplishments for they are often achieved in the face of great problems, whether passing or deep-seated. We go so far as to endorse the comment by the editor of the Record that "we have plenty to shout about". It is a pity that the voices which proclaim this truth do not always find a ready ear on the nation's newsdesks.
Of course, there are other voices - those who believe that such "competitive" awards have no place and that other equally good work goes unrecognised. But the schools, their pupils and parents who enter, are short-listed and win do not take that view and are happy to celebrate their own achievements as well as the achievements of others. It would certainly have been invidious for managers to select a "teacher of the year", as was originally feared - so the pupils do it, and that is as it should be.
In any case, there were 536 entries this year, more than three times the number last year. That, surely, gives us something to shout about.