Secondary teachers are feeling the heat with the new curriculum being brought in by the Curriculum for Excellence. It is learnt that majority of the teachers are not confident to deliver lessons for these new syllabus. Only 25% of the teachers seems fine with this new curriculum which will be brought in across the secondary schools in Scotland, says a survey.
This survey was conducted by the Ipsos-Mori on a sample of 15,000 teachers, and three in four told that they don’t feel confident to take class for the senior pupils. The new curriculum will come into effect from August this year. It is also told that this new revision in the curriculum of Scottish education has come after a long time and it was long since the need for such a change was felt for.
Even there is a confusion on how to prepare the pupils for the SQA exams associated with the curriculum. Teachers need to be well trained to take up the new curriculum and make sure the pupils are guided well. This new curriculum is thought to be a boon for the Scottish secondary education system.
The ash of the volcano eruption might have settled down, but it will take some more time for Scotland to overcome its aftermath. Though the impact of this volcanic eruption was such, that apart from the airline woes, it also hit the tourism revenue with the cancellation of many events. In all over 60 events were canceled or postponed due to this volcano eruption, causing a revenue loss of over £2 million.
Even though airlines were the main victims of this volcano eruption, it was the revenue for the tourism sector which took the back seat after this eruption saga. Loganair which provides most flights within Scotland to the Highlands and Islands on behalf of the Flybe has reported to have lost £1m due to the disruption. Many other airline companies to have faced a crunch time with this huge disruption.
Fear even persist for further volcanic activity which may again turn around the things. Whatever the situation might be the bottom line is that, Scotland has lost a great revenue in terms of its tourism and aviation due to this volcano menace. It was a travelers nightmare which many foreign nationals came across after this eruption made them stranded in the airports.
Hope this untoward volcano eruption won’t dent the tourism industry of Scotland and will keep the visitors flow intact.
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It was smiles all over, with flights regaining its operations after six-day long shutdown due to the ash clouds formed by the Icelandic volcano eruption. This news came as a respite for many passengers who were stranded for days at the airports. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) announced a phased reintroduction of UK airspace from 10pm. This whole deal has come up with a revision of the present rules, which states that the airlines have to make an intensive ash damage test of the aircraft before and after each flight. They are also asked to report any ash related incidents.
All this rules came in a unified manner involving manufacturers, airlines, the government and aviation bodies. These rules will be a great help to tackle such adverse situations, and has added a set of rules to be adhered by airlines under such situations. Even though, the flights have started operating, still it is told that, it may take few more days before all the stranded passengers reach home.
About 30 BA-flights operated en route for London, after week long shutdown, government is trying their level best to make sure all stranded passengers reach home safely. Alex Salmond, the First Minister, said One of the key lessons of this episode is that we must have the same empirical evidence about conditions in the air as we have on the ground upon which to base safe and intelligent decisions.” The passengers are glad after the flights started operations and many still awaits to get back home after all the pandemonium.
Air traffic remains paralyzed, due to the poor visibility caused by the volcano ash cloud, which continues to hit the flight operations in and around Scotland. Met officials indicated a chance for the winds to change the direction clearing up the clouds. But things remained the same, forcing many flight operators to cancel their scheduled flights for today. With the cloud of ash making things difficult for thousands of air travelers, the travel industry felt to be hit badly with the present situation. Meanwhile the eruption in the Iceland has come up as a cruse for all those Scots who are stranded abroad. Scientists have even stated that, the eruption from the volcano can continue for months, which may even worsen the situation.
To help out the stranded passengers, the Scottish government has arranged for an additional rail, bus and ferry services giving some respite to the passengers. Even the government is looking out for more solutions to end this chaos, which has made people restless. Apart from the miseries for the travelers, this eruption has so far caused a massive loss of revenue for the Scottish tourism industry.
Government and travel authorities are working day and night to bring back all those travelers who are stranded abroad. Even measures have been taken to make sure things get back to normalcy soon, but without the volcanic ash ends disrupting the air traffic, flight across UK have to remain grounded.
Some thing to cheer for all those who are looking for job opportunities in Scotland. In a recent report it is known that about 60,000 jobs are in the offing in the next ten years in Scotland. This opportunity came due to the green revolution which will provide a massive job prospect to many unemployed youths.
Few weeks before we covered a news about how Scotland is toping the list of most unemployed people in West Europe. For more insight go to : Scotland scores high for jobless people in West Europe.
And with this latest development on the employment opportunities, it seems now there is some relief for the job less youths in Scotland. It is told that on an average around 500 jobs will be created every month till 2020 in varied sectors, from offshore wind power to carbon capture technology. This new study will focus on the natural resource of Scotland and how to benefit from it. Vouching the new study Finance Secretary John Swinney said the opportunities are vast.
This green revolution project is also backed by the environmental agencies and campaigners who feel that progress is needed by the Scottish government before the countries full potential is realized. In coming years job prospects will emerge in the environmental sector creating new avenues for people. The main areas which will be generating the jobs will be :
- Renewable sector
- Environment Management
- Carbon Capture
- Green Energy
- Offshore Wind power
The report also highlighted the fact that within five years the low carbon goods and services sector will be worth £12 billion. All this finding do hints towards the fact that there is a major scope for the government to extract great job opportunities and revenues from the environmental resource in Scotland. This green revolution will be seen as a major project which will change the whole scenario of Scotland. It will also help to reduce the greenhouse gas emission which is yet another target of this new green revolution project.