Press Catch-Up

15th March 2013 at 00:00

'Section 28' fears for gay marriage law

Scotland on Sunday

- Gay rights activists have warned of the reintroduction of Section 28-style legislation in Scotland amid fears over how a controversial new law on same-sex marriage will be taught in schools. Gay rights charity The Equality Network is concerned that the new law will be hijacked and used to influence how it is dealt with in class.

Warning on flu vaccine plan for all children

Scotland on Sunday

- Parents have been warned that children's health will be "risked unnecessarily" by government plans to save money by vaccinating all Scottish youngsters against seasonal flu. Health campaigners say giving vaccine Fluenz, a weakened form of the virus, to all youngsters is in fact "a very effective way to spread flu".

Ellie, 16, joins Yes campaign board

The Herald

- Glasgow teenager Ellie Koepplinger has been appointed to share her insight with the nation's political heavyweights on the board of Scotland's pro-independence campaign group. The 16-year-old Hillhead High pupil will sit alongside key politicians and public figures on the Yes Scotland advisory board as it attempts to deliver a yes vote in the 2014 referendum.

SNP: No legal right for qualified teachers

The Scotsman

- Calls to make it a legal requirement that pupils be taught by qualified teachers for the entire primary school week have been rejected by the Scottish government. Parents had petitioned the Scottish Parliament, calling for an explicit commitment that pupils spend 25 hours a week in front of a registered teacher.

UK universities face threat from online courses and for-profit colleges

The Guardian

- Traditional, middle-ranking universities face extinction within the next decade, a leading education expert has said. Sir Michael Barber, chief education adviser of the world's biggest education firm, Pearson, said even elite universities could struggle to survive in the face of competition from online courses and giant for-profit colleges.

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