Elections are unwanted

21st January 2000 at 00:00
TRANSITIONAL arrangements that will force the council to hold elections for teacher members by October 31 next year have been criticised by its registrar.

The elections will come just a year before the normal four-yearly contest from which Educational Institute of Scotland candidates usually emerge triumphant.

Ivor Sutherland lso condemned proposals by ministers to take reserve powers allowing them to stipulate the membership of GTC committees.

"This is verging on political interference and betrays a lack of professional trust in the council," Mr Sutherland said.

He will be pressing for these "mischievous" measures to be removed by MSPs.

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