First among equals

14th May 2010 at 01:00

SSTA delegates backed a motion calling for legislation to make the post of chief executive of the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) subject to confirmation every four years. Michael O'Kane of Fife said the GTCS chief executive was primus inter pares and should therefore be subject to the same checks and balances as the teachers he or she represented. An emergency motion, led by former president and Dundee City representative George Sturrock, condemned the GTCS for failing to reject government proposals to "re-accredit" teachers every few years to check on their fitness to continue teaching.

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