We're not Marks amp; Sparks, says SPTC

22nd October 1999 at 01:00
THE two bodies that speak for parents in education have to consider the views of their teacher members and do not fully represent parents, a consumers' organisation has claimed.

Both the Scottish School Board Association and the Scottish Parent Teacher Council have to compromise their opinions, the Scottish Consumer Council says in its response to the consultation on the General Teaching Council.

The SCC is drawing up plans for a new group but acknowledges that it would probably have to be publicly funded.

Judith Gillespie, the SPTC's development manager, replied: "Parents are not consumers and any council whose focus is consumerism cannot represent them. You're not going shopping for education in Marks amp; Spencers."

The consumer council has told ministers that proposals for a single parent member on the GTC are "tokenistic". A quarter of the General Medical Council are lay members, it argues.

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