Teachers may ballot for strike

FOLLOWING East Renfrewshire council’s decision to delay the new school exams by a year, teachers are set to ballot for strike action unless every authority delays them by the same time.

Members of Scotland’s biggest teachers union, the EIS, will be asked to vote on the issue when they meet for their conference in Dundee.

EIS members have said some schools are not ready to adopt the national 4 and 5 examinations, which are part of the government’s new Curriculum for Excellence.

And delegates have put forward a motion for their AGM later this week urging caution.

The motion reads: “(We agree) that this AGM instruct council to enter into negotiations with the Scottish government and local authorities to secure a national delay of one year in the implementation of the new National 4 and 5 examinations.

“Where a delay cannot be agreed, this AGM call for an immediate ballot for industrial action up to and incljuding strike action”.