Whose council?

23rd January 1998 at 00:00
The Teaching and Higher Education Bill establishes the body to be known as the General Teaching Council. It will require all teachers in state schools to be registered with the council and the GTC to must maintain a register of all teachers.

The council's functions are those which would normally be of interest to an employer or "customer", namely advising on standards of service, conduct, qualifications and general fitness as well as other matters relating to general education policy. None of these matters impinges upon the principal areas of concern for teachers - pay and conditions of service. Yet teachers will have to pay a fee to be registered and an annual fee to remain on the register. It seems that the council is there to serve the interests of the Government, the local authorities, employers, parents and pupils; but teachers will be required to pay for it.


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