Heads in the sand;Letter

22nd May 1998 at 01:00
The plea from Derek Robertson (Letters, May 15) for teachers not to "sell out" their conditions of service for extra in their pay packets was predictable but misguided. Every other sector of employment has had to modernise its practices - a phenomenon of Western economies and not of malign Thatcherism - but teachers think they can remain exempt for ever.

We know that union leaders are determined to resist any attempt through the millennium review to update promotion structures or the working day or the school year. We also know that the annual meeting next month of the Educational Institute of Scotland will be dominated by yet more special pleading for supposedly beleaguered teachers.

If you bury your head in the sand you are only digging a hole for yourself in the end.

Iain Mathieson Paisley Road West Glasgow

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