Scotsman Archive


STRONG criticism of the employment of school children for potato harvesting was expressed at the closing session of the annual meeting of the Education Institute of Scotland in Edinburgh on Saturday. By a large majority, the meeting approved the policy laid down by the institute's council, that children should not be exempt from school for employment in schemes of harvesting operations during the school session, and that in the event of camps being organised in the future the institute give positive direction to its members not to participate. "No matter what we do, children will be employed, and we should do our best to see that their welfare is safeguarded," declared Dr. J. T. Allardice, rector of Forfar Academy, who is a member of the council of the institute, in moving that they should recommend their members to co-operate in harvesting schemes during 1950.