Scottish secondary school teachers vote for industrial action over exams

STV News is reporting that secondary school teachers in Scotland have overwhelmingly voted in favour of industrial action over the “excessive” workload caused by the country’s new exams. 

A total of 93% of EIS union members who took part in the ballot backed taking action, with just 7% against.

Any action would stop short of a strike but would see teachers “working to contract” by boycotting any additional work and assessment related to the new qualifications. 

General secretary Larry Flanagan said: “This overwhelming result demonstrates the depth of anger and frustration that secondary teachers are experiencing in relation to excessive qualifications workload. 

“The huge vote in favour of industrial action and the high turnout in the ballot send a very clear message that teachers have had enough. 

“Assessment overload, particularly in relation to National 5 and National 6 Unit Assessments and SQA verification procedures, continues to place a huge strain on pupils and teachers alike. 

“Action is needed, and quickly, to reduce this unsustainable workload burden.” 

Almost half (46%) of eligible members took part in the ballot, with 7,175 voting in favour of taking industrial action while 537 were against…

The EIS executive committee will consider the result of the ballot early in January, with the general secretary adding that in the meantime they would seek discussions with the Scottish Government, councils and the Scottish Qualifications Authority “in the hope of reaching agreement on a constructive way forward on cutting qualifications related workload”…

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