Howie unveils new look for S4-6
The education minister's decision to release figures on exam performance, using Highers as the benchmark of achievement, coincides with the report of the government's own enquiry into S5-S6. The Howie report, which sweeps away the Highers and Certificate of Sixth Years Studies and overhauls secondary education, was forecast in TESS on January 17.
Forsyth's rival to devolved management
Eighty-five per cent of money spent on schools is to be transferred from local authorities under plans for local budgetary control. The government's consultation paper marks another stage in the onslaught on local authorities. Scottish secretary Ian Lang confirmed TESS's forecast of last May that substantial powers would be given to schools.
Minister seizes on international study
Michael Forsyth has commented on the performance of Scottish pupils in the second International Assessment of Educational Progress, which studied the achievements of 9 and 13-year-olds from 20 countries in maths and science. He expressed concern about the "middle-of-the-road" performance by pupils from 182 primary and secondary schools.
Pace stepped up on accountability
Michael Forsyth has swiftly followed up last weekend's attack on the educational establishment by publishing performance indicators for secondaries and announcing a Scottish Office Education Department audit unit. Both measures are aimed at making teachers, schools and local authorities accountable. This came only four days after the storm caused by the release of national league tables of examination results.
Peril lurks as history loses its chains
Perhaps the biggest change in Czechoslovakian education today is in the teaching of history. The Marxist-Leninist view of history has been jettisoned and emphasis is now placed on the history of the Czech nation. Out has gone materialist philosophy and the class struggle, in has come a more inquisitive, sceptical view. World history is no longer focused on the Soviet Union and the inevitable triumph of communism.