Thursday, June 7, 2012
SNP Education Secretary accused of “threatening” behaviour and of being “sinister”, he has lost confidence of teachers, when’s the reshuffle Alex?
It seems that education secretary Mike Russell who runs arguably one of the worst managed portfolios in the Scottish Government is losing the trust of senior people.
The outgoing president of Scotland’s largest teaching union, the Educational Institute of Scotland, Alan Munro has used his last speech before he steps down to launch a stinging attack on Mike Russell.
Munro also warned of looming “industrial strife” in the sector.
As well as speaking out on these matters, Munro accused the SNP Minister of threatening behaviour over requests to delay National Qualifications.
Only yesterday in reply to a poster, I highlight how the Scottish Government in my opinion had stopped listening.
Today, Munro gives his input.
Alan Munro specifically accuses Mike Russell of “dismaying and demoralising” sections of the profession and being “sinister” and “threatening” over requests to delay the new National Qualifications.
Ideally, the CfE should have been taken offline; a review carried out by a trust academic body in conjunction with other professional bodies to work out the kinks and then allowed a phased integration of the new qualification principles to be implemented.
To get everyone onboard!
Munro has also expressed concern that there will be future industrial action over teachers’ pensions and council cuts.
That is a given, post independence referendum; there will be savage cuts because at present there is an artificial buoying up of the Scottish budget.
When that crash happens, it will be carnage in the education sector.
So, it is a bump ride as Delegates meeting for EIS AGM in Dundee have put forward five motions calling for industrial action.
Their reasons are pretty standard, pay, conditions, pensions, public sector cuts and ongoing changes to the school curriculum.
The annual gathering will hear calls for a strike if the Scottish Government does not postpone the introduction of the National Qualifications for a year.
There is no reason why the SNP Government should be in this position, clearly there is a problem in CfE and clearly Mike Russell isn’t listening.
The SNP Government is as I have said over many months, completely paralysed as SNP Ministers effectively abandon their briefs in favour of independence; the blowback isn’t unexpected as we see across many of the portfolios.
The University sector is a mess, the college sector is a mess, CfE isn’t ready for schools, staff moral is at rock bottom, and nothing of merit is getting done.
It seems that being Alex Salmond's pal and part of the middle class clique really isn't enough in the real world.
Mike Russell’s report card could read;
‘Mike is a popular boy with the head pupil but lacks focus and direction, his work is poor and overly simplistic, easily distracted by indy he struggles to make correct decisions by being unable to be a creative thinker’. 3/10.
George Laird was right again and ahead of the curve, the solution is to shelf CfE and have it externally reviewed and a new consultation.
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University