r—By a Staff Reporter Archbishop Thomas Winning of Glasgow has written to all priests and teachers in his diocese urging them to protest against proposals to discontinue the Bachelor of Education degree at Notre Dame College of Education in Bearscien.
The proposal is part of the overall plans announced by Mr Bruce Milian, Scottish Secretary to reduce the number of teacher training places and would mean that no Catholic college in Scotland would offer this degree.
This would "inflict considerable damage on Catholic secondary education" said the Archbishop. The Archbishop is also asking priests and teachers to write to the. Scottish Secretary and their local MPs opposing proposals to merge Cruigluekhart College with a non-denominational college in either Dundee or Edinburgh.
The Archbishop pointed out that it is proposed to complete
college closures and staff redundancies within 18 months. "This same process in England is planned over four years" he said. "We may justifiably regard this as discrimination against the Scottish Community."
The Governors of Craiglockhart College have also accused Mr Milian of failing to understand the educational needs and aims of the Catholic community. The governors hit out against the cost of closure which they said was likely to be enormous in terms of redundancies.
In a document sent to Mr Milian the Governors claimed that if he had based his calculations of future student intake on a denominational basis he would have discovered a different picture from the one he has put forward.
The Governors also pointed out that Craiglockhart is the only Catholic training establish
mcnt in East Scotland and that the Catholic birth rate is still higher than the national average. A bigger proportiotrof the Catholic population is of school or pre-school age so Craiglockhart students are more likely to dnd teaching jobs. they said.
AII responsible: Religious education must be recognised as the responsibility of the whole community, according to Fr David Konstant speaking at the second conference in the series "Communicating Christ" at Worth on Friday,
Fr Konstant argued that teaching within the school was significant but not pre-eminent. Unless classroom religion reflected the genuine Christian life of the parish, it could be counter-productive.
Fr Konstant called for a tightening up in RE teacher training, and said that teachers must have an easy familiarity with scripture and ensure that their schools offered opportunities for prayer,