Silly motions;Letter

21st May 1999 at 01:00
JOSEPH KELLY (TESS, May 7) responds to what were only really a couple of preliminary gibes in my letter, but on its main thrust, the "bus routes" motion, he is strangely silent from which I deduce the point I sought to make has been taken.

As it happens I do not have a problem with denominational schools. My views on the subject are essentially pragmatic and I fully endorse the sentiment contained in the TESS, May 7 editorial - "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".

I regard the motion from Aberdeen local association calling on the EIS to campaign for the abolition of denominational schools through the Scottish Parliament as singularly unhelpful although I would defend their right to submit the matter for debate.

However, I will be very interested in hearing why teachers from a part of Scotland in which there are very few denominational schools are seeking to impose their will on those parts where there are many.

So I will not be taking up Mr Kelly's suggestion, somewhat intemperately delivered I thought, of sponsoring an emergency motion calling on the EIS to cancel subscriptions from teachers in Catholic schools as I feel that one silly motion on the subject is enough for any conference.

David Liddell South Lanarkshire local association Educational Institute of Scotland

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