IRONICALLY, while the local authorities confirm their acceptance of the proposal for their education function to be inspected by HMI, the Educational Institute of Scotland has rejected it.
The institute's stance is less to do with warmth towards the authorities, however, and more to do with its continuing coolness towards the Inspectorate.
"We don't want to see an extension of Douglas Osler's empire," Fred Forrester, depute general secretary of the Educational Institute of Scotland, commented.
Both the Scottish Secondary Teachers' Association and the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers back inspection.
The NAS suggests, however, that the move should first be piloted with volunteer councils to evaluate the impact.