25 Years Ago

19th April 1996 at 01:00
Tall, distinguished Herr Sillivok got off the plane at Edinburgh Airport on Sunday in the wake of a German football team, was approached by a French girl who asked if he was John Cleese, and signed "John Cleese" on half-a-dozen Scottish autograph books. The St Andrews University rector, like so many of his predecessors, is an international celebrity. "I could get to like this, " he said, looking like a surprised civil servant.

* The raising of the school leaving age is not only necessary but urgent, said Mr Eric Hendrie of the Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers on Tuesday. Speaking at the STUC in Aberdeen, he said that to agree to the postponement urged by the Scottish Schoolmasters Association would be to open the door to indefinite delay. The SSA in their first appearance at Congress were unsuccessful in their motion for postponement.

* Roger Carus, 36, director of the Open University in Scotland, has applied for enrolment in 1972. He intends to take the foundation course in technology.

* A report by James Carson, director of education for Dundee, is highly critical of the proposed revision of the Schools (Scotland) Code, 1956, so that parents' preferences for particular schools should be settled in the education committee in the light of prevailing local circumstances. Failing this, the matter should be resolved by the courts.

* Mr Carson says: "It seems to me that the Secretary of State cannot opt out of this responsibility, if for no other reason than that as experience has shown us parents will appeal to MPs, who in turn will seek the intervention of the Secretary of State."

* Present trends in literature examinations, however exciting and intelligently conceived, are unlikely to encourage the reading and studying of Scottish works, Dr John Low, Moray House, suggested on Saturday.

TES SCOTLAND, April 23, 1971

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