Rhine's elected

9th May 1997 at 01:00
The statement attributed to Professor John MacBeath that "In Germany headteachers are elected for nine years" (TES, April 18) is consistent with your usual tradition of pure fantasy when you report on matters of education in Germany.

During a period of 27 years teaching full-time in a Gymnasium in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany's longest state, I have yet to encounter this phenomenon; nor have I ever heard it mentioned by any of my wide circle of friends and acquaintances in education here.

H P LITTLE Kaiser-Wilhelm-Platz 6 D45276 Essen Germany

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