James on in-service bandwagon
- The James report contains much of interest and consequence for Scottish readers. The most obvious bandwagon is the in-service one. We all know the arguments against stockpiling of qualifications by people before they enter or even choose professional work. But the practical and professional problems of systematised in-service training have not yet been studied with any thoroughness. If in-service training matters so much, should it not become compulsory and be related to pay and promotion?
- There is a breakdown of consensus on education, said Mr Malcolm MacKenzie, lecturer in education at the University of Glasgow, in a lecture to mark the 1872 Act's centenary. Unlike the English, whose fear of state control had persisted long after the industrial revolution had made universal literacy a desirable social goal, Scots, he said, had for centuries accepted the right of the state to interfere with the rights of parents for the good of society.
Quality students scarcer
- There were nearly 1,400 empty places at universities in October, according to the ninth report of the Universities Central Council on Admissions. If more students had not been admitted to social science courses, the shortfall would have been nearer 2,400. "It seems . that many of those responsible for selection in universities were struggling to get enough candidates of the right quality to fill their places," says Dr Geoffrey Templeman, UCCA chairman.
School savings bank
- A school savings bank by and for the pupils of Powis Academy, Aberdeen, has opened. It will be run by a group of 12 third-year girls who will between them undertake the duties as chief clerk, cashier, ledger clerks, day book clerks and other bank officials. They will handle all transactions and be responsible for balancing the books.
- A former nun, Maria Diletta Pagliuca, aged 64, accused of turning her private institute for subnormal children into a kind of camp, has been sentenced to four years, eight months' imprisonment. She is the latest of a number of self-styled benefactors convicted in trials that have scandalised Italy.