25 Years Ago

26th April 1996 at 01:00
The annual magazine produced at Harlaw Academy, Aberdeen, has been banned after the editorial board refused to withdraw two poems at the request of their headmistress, Miss M McNab, who objected to the morbidity and eroticism of the creative writing section.

"One wonders how many unfulfilled joiners and mechanics are mouldering in the Civil Service or in the Post Office because they could not find any other job to use their O-grade English," says Miss Sheila Lyon, area careers officer, Dunfermline, in an article in this year's edition of Guidelines, the magazine published by the Scottish Branch of the Institute of Careers Officers.

"The old timers among careers officers," says Miss Lyon, "will remember the days when the O-grade certificate first came into being and pupils with a chance of one or two passes became very reluctant to consider jobs which did not need O-grades. They passed up the opportunities of good craft apprenticeships," she says.

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