Merger of HMIe & LTS - Clarity needed on rationale and remit, says EIS
Responding to the news that HMIe and LTS are set to merge, the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) has questioned the rationale behind the merger and the remit for the new organisation – the Scottish Education, Quality and Improvement Agency – that is set to be created by the merger.
Commenting on the announcement today, EIS President Kay Barnett said, "This merger announcement, which will bring together two quite disparate organisations with very different roles and responsibilities, will raise many questions within the Scottish education community. Teachers and parents will want to be assured that this merger is being undertaken for the right reasons and is not being driven purely by a financial, cost-cutting agenda.”
Ms Barnett continued, "Both of these organisations play important roles in Scottish education, in terms of supporting curricular development and providing quality assurance and protecting standards throughout our education system. The EIS will be seeking early discussions with the Cabinet Secretary in order to seek clarification regarding the rationale behind this merger and the remit of the new Scottish Education, Quality and Improvement Agency.”
Brian Cooper (EIS Press Office) – firstname.lastname@example.org - 0131 225 6244