Action plea on sex inequality

28th November 1997 at 00:00
In a follow-up to their May conference, the Educational Institute of Scotland and the Equal Opportunities Commission are demanding Government action to sort out gender inequalities in education.

A joint statement this week from the two organisations highlights the low proportion of women teachers in promoted posts, the male:female imbalance in subject choice, and the failure of HMI to use equality indicators. The Scottish Office should institute an equal opportunities award.

Ronnie Smith, EIS general secretary, contrasted the failure of women to land top jobs with the growing success of girls in examinations. Better subject choice would help.

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