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Plea for more parent power.

PARENTS should be given powers to put teachers they believe are incompetent on the spot.

And the General Teaching Council also believe they should be given the power to initiate investigations instead of parents' complaints having to go to education departments.

Dr Ivor Sutherland, registrar of the GTC said he often recieved "shoals of letters" from parents but could do little about them.

He added: "It is frankly an embarrassment when I have to reply somewhat lamely that we do not have the powers available, and to refer them to the local authority.

"Parents often say 'well, we've done that for the last five years and Miss X is still there'." The move was one of a number of changes called for by the General Teaching Council as part of their plans to crack down on incompetent teachers and raise standards in Scottish classrooms.

The GTC want to be given extra powers to deal with incompetents teachers, and to ensure that teachers maintain their skills level during their careers.

But Karen Gillon, Clydesdale Labour MSP warned that allowing parents to start investigations could spark a flurry of malicious complaints.
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Date:Feb 3, 2000
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