The month Qatar gained independence from the UK and the Government named Oleg Lyalin, the Soviet defector who exposed dozens of Russians alleged to be spying in Britain after he was arrested for drink- driving
Scotland's schools seem better staffed to face the coming session than at almost any time during the past 20 years. Admittedly, the stability of staffing in some areas is already being upset by the twin threats of promotion and pregnancy as well as the non-appearance of new recruits, so that some authorities which were fully staffed on paper are being forced into a last-minute search for uncommitted teachers.
Getting sex in perspective
Sex education has become compulsory in all Danish schools; parents' permission for it to be taught is no longer necessary. A Ministry of Education circular drawn up by senior medical officer Dr Henrik Offmeyer and a deputy director of schools, Ingolf Leth, says the new sex education should be imbued with three key qualities - frankness, confidence and objectivity.
Free milk to continue
Glasgow has begun to supply free milk to all primary children, in spite of the fact that the new Education (Milk) Act says it should be withheld from those over seven unless medical need is proved. Edinburgh is looking into a suggestion by Councillor George Foulkes that milk could be served as part of the school dinner at no extra cost and without infringing the Act.
NUT angered by Mrs Thatcher's `evasion'
The National Union of Teachers has reacted angrily to what it says are Mrs Thatcher's evasive comments on their survey of unsatisfactory school buildings and working conditions, completed this summer after nearly a year's research. She points out that as the survey covers only 500 schools it does not provide a "statistically valid picture" and that "it is therefore not surprising that the premises were deficient".
Few reach top of tennis ladder
School and junior tennis has perhaps more "backers" than any other amateur sport - Nestle, BP, Green Shield Stamps, among others. The puzzle is that there is a small return in British successes at international level. Mr Boris Harris, who helps organise Nestle's school ladders tournament, the largest of its kind in the world, says the sport in Britain suffers from too few covered courts.