The TESS Archive - 15 February 2002
Row over `miracle cure' cure for dyslexia
- Plans by an English firm, given prime billing last month on the Tonight with Trevor McDonald programme, to open a centre for dyslexia in Glasgow on 2 April have prompted furious responses from specialists who dispute claims of a miracle cure. Some 275,000 people called the Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Attention Disorder Treatment Centre after the broadcast, raising fears that the claims may give desperate parents hope.
Parent revolt on smacking
- Parents have sent a strong message to the Scottish Executive to drop plans to make it illegal for parents to smack a child under the age of three. A Scottish Parent Teacher Council poll showed 56 per cent of members rejected the proposal. Some 83 per cent were against outlawing physical punishment of children.
Put through the Hoops at Ibrox
- A hospitality suite at Ibrox is the last place to find young Celtic supporters enjoying themselves - unless their team is beating the home side by a barrowload. But P6-7s from St Patrick's Primary, Anderston, most in dark green sweatshirts with shamrock were hard at work on tasks set by Michelle Sweeney, Rangers' education officer. The study centre was set up by Rangers and Glasgow City Council last year.
Instructors split on pay
- Music instructors have voted to accept pay and conditions that will bring them in line with teachers. An EIS ballot of instructors revealed 70 per cent in favour of accepting a deal that will give them the same 23 per cent rise as teachers over 28 months. The instructors are one of three groups - with psychologists and advisers - yet to benefit from the McCrone agreement.
Suspended aged six for wearing headscarves
- At a time of increased racial sensitivity, the Singapore government has taken a hard line against four six-year-old Muslim girls at state primary schools whose parents insist they wear headscarves. Singapore is still shocked by the arrests of 15 Muslims in December and police claims that the men were planning attacks on US civilians, military personnel and facilities in Singapore.