This Week

2nd September 2011 at 01:00

Call for greater STEM incentives

CBI Scotland is calling for young people to be given greater incentives to study science, technology, engineering and maths. The business group urged the Scottish Government to invest more in encouraging the younger generation to focus on STEM subjects. CBI Scotland wants the Government to pledge financial support in its forthcoming budget to help economic growth.

Parents in the dark on services

Parents feel ill-informed about changes to school qualifications, funding and services, a survey has found. The Scottish Parent Teacher Council found around one in four parents said they didn't know how Curriculum for Excellence affects what their children learn. The SPTC is focusing its next conference, Making Sense of the Change (12 November 2011), on helping parents understand the issues.

Permission to apply for work

A teacher has been told by the General Teaching Council for Scotland that he can apply to work in Scotland after a complaint that he indecently assaulted a woman passenger on a bus was found not proven. Tarpeh Sneh, a secondary maths teacher, was accused by Susan Campbell of repeatedly stroking her leg without her consent on a National Express coach from Inverness to London in 2008. Mr Sneh told the GTCS disciplinary sub- committee he had been asleep throughout the journey until police woke him at Keele services to inform him of Mrs Campbell's complaint.

Active take-up of fitness scheme

Thousands of people in Renfrewshire swapped the sofa for the sports hall last year, thanks to a new fitness initiative, a report has shown. More than 14,000 children, teenagers and adults took part in sports lessons, events and taster sessions designed to make local people more active. The Active Renfrewshire campaign is supported by the local council.

Struck off after `chat' with pupil

A teacher caught sending inappropriate online messages to a teenage pupil has been struck off the General Teaching Council for Scotland's register. Richard Cantwell, 37, from Airdrie, who taught history at All Saints Secondary School in Glasgow, told the girl she was "stunning" during online chat via the MSN messaging service in March 2009. He was initially suspended from the school before being sacked for gross misconduct in May 2009. Criminal charges were never brought.

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