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EIS Questions Registration Fee Increase

Friday 13th January 2017

The Executive of the EIS has today questioned the decision by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) to increase the annual registration fee for teachers by 30%.

The GTCS this week sent a newsletter to teachers indicating that the annual fee, which all teachers are required to pay, will increase from £50 to £65 from the 1st of April 2017.

The EIS Executive Committee discussed the 30% rise in fees at its meeting today to address widespread concerns from members in relation to this significant fee increase. It agreed to write to the GTCS seeking urgent discussions.

Commenting, General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "The EIS believes that an increase of 30% in GTCS fees is unacceptably high, especially at a time when teachers’ pay has been declining in real terms.

"We are aware that the GTCS has significant cash reserves and we believe that it should be seeking to use this money to reduce any fee increase.”

"Additionally, it should review the level of work which it carries out on behalf of the Scottish Government which may well be exacerbating the financial pressures on its budgets."

Mr Flanagan added, "Whilst the EIS values the work of the GTCS, and its independence from Government, this increase will leave many teachers frustrated and angry.

"The EIS will be raising this matter directly with the GTCS, and I have written to the Chief Executive of the GTCS to highlight the concerns raised at today’s EIS Executive meeting."

Please contact the GTCS directly with your concerns regarding the fee increase.