Educational Institute of Scotland's annual general meeting;Conference;In brief

18th June 1999 at 01:00
THE EIS has joined a campaign for tougher action against pupils and parents who make malicious allegations against teachers. Similar concerns were raised at other union conferences this spring.

Ian McCrone, from Renfrewshire, said since he had taken over as local secretary it had become the most important part of his work. "I have been speaking to people at night just about in tears, suffering from diarrhoea, on Prozac and who cannot sleep at night," he revealed, after they had been harangued and harassed by parents.

Willie Hart, Glasgow secretary, said one teacher had been intimidated because she did not place enough happy faces on a child's work. He added that teachers needed union guidance on how to respond.

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