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Twenty Five Years Ago

Next week Scotland's only local authority polytechnic starts to enrol students for its first full session. More than 2,000 are expected, more than 800 on full-time courses leading to degrees or qualifications of similar standing in a variety of fields. Another 1,600 will be studying part time, but at much the same level.

Although Glasgow College of Technology is a completely new institution, both in its conception and its building, it can forecast its intake with a fair degree of confidence. Most of the courses which it offers this session have already been running for some time in the city's FE colleges. What makes the polytechnic different is its gathering together of all high-level work under one roof.

* The beginning of the session sees the opening of two new further education colleges in Scotland, at Elgin and Hawick.

* Mr James Docherty, general secretary of the Scottish Secondary Teachers' Association, has written to the Secretary of State urging him to amend the regulations governing school premises, so as to force authorities to provide adequate staffrooms, workrooms, cloakrooms, lavatories and canteens.

* Writing about the distinctiveness of the kilt as part of the uniform of Albyn School for Girls in Aberdeen, Angela Hewitt commented: Pupils are free to choose which tartan they wish for their kilt, and this degree of flexibility is much appreciated. Muted shades seem to prevail at present, but there is nothing to prevent pupils or their parents from selecting as bright a tartan as their loyalties or their colour sense may dictate.

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