'Ghost' head must go back to work, says furious EIS

30th March 2001 at 01:00
The union representing one of the Glasgow heads suspended at the end of last week for having "ghost pupils" on the register has issued a forceful statement demanding her immediate reinstatement.

Jessie Goldie, head of Kennedy Street nursery, is the latest head to have been caught up in the bizarre episode which has hit the city's primaries. But the Educational Institute of Scotland claims she is the victim of a row surrounding a proposal to close her school.

The union's statement said officials claimed the nursery had 18 chilren in the morning and 21 in the afternoon. It later revised this to a morning roll of 26 and to 24 in the afternoon, in line with Mrs Goldie's own figures.

The EIS suggests she is being penalised because the city council believes she has been obstructing efforts to close the school.

Mrs Goldie is the fourth Glasgow head to be suspended for allegedly inflating pupil numbers. The others are Lesley Dalgleish of Mount Florida primary, Maire Whitehead of St Mirin's primary and Williamina MacDonald of Dowanhill primary.

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