The TESS Archive - 13 september 1991

16th September 2011 at 01:00
The year 5,300-year-old `Otzi the Iceman' was found in the Alps, and Leningrad reverted to its pre-1924 name of St Petersburg

Strathclyde leavers face dole queue nightmare

- Unemployment in Strathclyde and problems with youth training have worsened so dramatically in the past year that the region says it is "highly unlikely" the Government will meet its pledge that every 16 and 17-year-old not in full-time education or without a job will get a training place. Figures show a 27 per cent fall in youth training places and a 54 per cent drop in job vacancies.

EIS loses pound;50,000

- The Educational Institute of Scotland is reported to have invested more than pound;100,000 in the failed Bank of Credit and Commerce International. News that the EIS has lost money on the advice of its brokers has fuelled speculation that other education bodies may have suffered. So far the focus has been on the Western Isles, which has lost up to pound;24 million.

Advisers rap board over home economics

- Advisers are pressing the Scottish Examination Board for a rapid explanation of the huge failure rate in revised Higher home economics; 96 per cent of 580 candidates failed. The results, subject to appeal, have sent shockwaves through home economics departments and may threaten the future of the revised Higher. Morale is said to have plummeted.

Rebel who penned new destiny

- Author Janice Galloway left teaching at Christmas 1989, having taught English for 10 years. Disenchanted and frustrated by in-service courses in management ("The last thing teachers need; if they need anything, it's courses in how to teach"), and convinced that the profession was increasingly concerned with how to wield power, she took to questioning motives in the staff meeting.

Waking up from long nightmare

- During the 1970s, Cambodia's education system was ruined. Schools were destroyed or put to other uses: the notorious Tuol Seng torture centre was a former secondary. Teaching materials were burnt, while 80 per cent of the country's 25,000 teachers died or fled. Today, Cambodian education is unrecognisable from 1979, when Pol Pot was ousted. It has more than 55,000 teachers; independent estimates put adult literacy at between 55 and 70 per cent.

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