Strange job

The Scotsman has done fine work in reporting on Education Scotland staff being good to themselves with taxpayers’ money (“Quango staff pocket £4m payoffs”, 7 July).

Education Scotland has recently announced the appointment of a strategic director whose job description is gloriously vague. He is to be responsible for “strategy, performance and corporate resources”, earning a salary of up to £75,000 per annum. Who decided that this post was necessary? And what need does it address in terms of ultimate service to Scottish pupils?

Audit Scotland is the body charged with scrutinising the use of public funds. It should have a proactive function too, with powers to prevent the creation of such vacuous jobs.

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John Samson

Blinkbonny Gardens

Edinburgh