The TESS Archive - 24 March 1972
Fashions in exams
The Secretary of State's committee on moral and religious education was certainly in line with a contemporary educational fashion when it reached the view that an examination should not be the necessary sign of a subject's importance and status. With the rapid increase in secondary school pupils taking O and H grade SCE examinations, it would be foolish to say there was only one fashionable attitude.
No more office boys
There will be a potential job loss of 1,600 in Dundee during 1972-73, due to the raising of the school leaving age, said Mr Donald Cairns, Department of Employment, at a schools-industry seminar. This, he said, meant employers would have to reduce their standards and employ married women, part-time workers, and those on the unemployed registers. Pre- apprentice jobs such as office boys, tea boys and van boys would disappear.
The Americans move in
An international school for children of US families in north-east Scotland is to be established in Aberdeen. James Alverson, the man behind the project, said he had watched with interest the influx of Americans in the wake of oil exploration. He believed it would not be hard to find the minimum 30 pupils needed to make the school viable.
Not enough room at Free School
Since Manchester's first Free School opened, many children have been turned away, as only one room is properly equipped. Parkfield School has a house in Mosside, one of the most derelict areas, in a street that will be demolished within two years. Nicola, aged five, a pert blonde in red hot- pants, tells me: "There is no headmaster. And you don't have to get under the piano when you don't know your words. And you can get out any toy without asking."
Sex education in a `non-touch' society
Banning sex education films in Sweden is like banning wine in France. The Board of Education has infuriated almost everyone by vetoing three 20- minute films made by the Swedish Institute for Sexual Research. They deal, in colour, with venereal disease and birth control, and include unsimulated couplings.