Who needs boards?

17th March 2000 at 00:00
IT'S GOOD to have my suspicions confirmed, by no less a person than the chief executive of the Scottish School Board Association, that school boards are quite different from parents.

In your front page report (TESS, March 10) on research findings which showed that parents have little interest in all the statistical information provided by the Executive, supposedly for them, Ann Hill says: "The research does not surprise me. The type of documents coming into schools are very little use to parents and more use for shool boards and staff."

So, having established that school boards should not be confused with parents, it's legitimate to ask, what on earth are they for? Are they, as the current education Bill proposes, merely the Government's agent in school? Certainly, all those who think they have consulted parents when they seek the views of school boards should take note. Moreover, it demonstrates the limitations of the SSBA's survey on the retention of Section 2A.

Judith Gillespie. Findhorn Place Edinburgh.


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