Secretary of state 'exceeded powers'
- In making regulations that deprived teachers of their vested right to continue in employment in spite of non-registration with the General Teaching Council, the secretary of state for Scotland exceeded his powers, said Lord Keith in the Court of Session last week. Aberdeen Corporation was therefore, he said, not entitled to dismiss Mr Jack Malloch, 60, a maths teacher, on the ground that his failure to register had made his continued employment unlawful.
Moray House department walks out
- Concerned about the shortage of trained social workers and the inadequate number of training places available, students and staff from Moray House school of community studies walked out and went to Edinburgh University students union with the intention of continuing their studies there for three days. They hoped to provoke public debate about the question.
St Andrews enters Europe
- St Andrews University aims to be Scotland's international university, said Dr J. Steven Watson, principal of the university, at a meeting of the general council on Saturday. For students drawn from outside Britain, he said, the university should look for some financial help outside Britain. He thought a government that was encouraging greater academic contacts across Europe seemed to be contradicting itself when it tried to reduce the number of foreign students in British universities.
Grimm's chauvinist pigs
- Are fairy tales harmless reading fare for children? No, say proponents of a fair deal for little girls. Most of these tales, the critics say, teach the gospel of a male chauvinist society. The thesis, presented by Marcia R. Lieberman at the University of Connecticut, is an extension of earlier feminist charges that primers, textbooks and the history curriculum are riddled with sexist stereotypes.
A firm no to goods-guzzlers
- Mr Erskine Childers, Irish minister for health, told a meeting of local health experts in Cork that it was not the intention of the government to create a wealthy "consumer-goods-guzzling" society. Educators must look for a new quality of life in the 1980s and 1990s, he said.