Fees case collapses
- A landmark legal challenge to the SNP government's policy of allowing Scottish universities to charge English students up to #163;9,000 a year in tuition fees while home students pay nothing has collapsed. The petition for a judicial review was launched by two English students, but will not proceed as neither was awarded legal aid.
Kids weighed at two in fat fight
- Every Scots toddler will be weighed at the age of two and sent to a diet clinic if they're too fat, in a new health drive. The Scottish government is to launch the drastic programme in April as it attempts to tackle an obesity epidemic among children - with a shocking 20 per cent too heavy by the time they start primary school.
Parents hit out at failure to meet FoI requests
- Parents fighting the closure of primaries claim a council has failed to meet legal requirements to respond to Freedom of Information (FoI) requests. Cost-saving measures by East Dunbartonshire Council would see 24 of 36 primaries closed or merged. The move has prompted what the council called an unprecedented volume of FoI work.
Gove: teachers free to oppose gay marriage
- Teachers at Church schools will be allowed to tell children if they disapprove of gay marriage - in the same way they might air their views on abortion or divorce - without fear of being dismissed or taken to court, Michael Gove said. The Westminster education secretary rejected claims that teachers face being sued if they voice their opposition.
Israel 'as bad as the Palestinians' for bias in school textbooks
- The Israeli government has reacted angrily to the findings of an international study that exonerated Palestinian school textbooks of actively inciting hatred against Israelis and blamed both sides for presenting one-sided narratives to pupils. The US State Department-funded study is the most comprehensive in years on how each side depicts the other in schools.