The empire strikes back

23rd March 2001 at 00:00
Being somewhat annoyed to receive information from the General Teaching Council for Scotland about their 25 per cent increase inthe - compulsory subscription I e-mailed them with the following questions:

* How can such a large increase be justified at a time of low inflation?

* What recourse does a registered teacher have who does not accept that such an increase is justified?

Why are the accounts of the GTC not sent out to members?

* Do the GTC agree that their plans to substantially increase the fe above the present high level over the next three years and to extend activity into areas which might reasonably be expected to be covered and funded by other bodies have all the appearance of "empire building", literally at the expense of the ordinary teacher?

The questions are not particularly perceptive, being occasioned by a feeling of anger and impotence. The real significance however is this: I have received neither acknowledgement nor reply.

Robert Scott Morven, Upper Barvas, Isle of Lewis


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