The former principal teacher of the Young Mums’ Unit at Dundee’s Menzieshill High has been transferred to another school in a move condemned as “insulting and demeaning” by her husband.
The YMU is set to move to Baldragon Academy and the principal teacher post which had belonged to Norma Seith has been cut amid council budget plans.
Mrs Seith is now teaching at Morgan Academy, according to her husband Bob, who said he was angry that the restructuring had resulted in his wife’s redeployment to an unpromoted position.
He said: “This is insulting and demeaning to Norma and has resulted in a loss of status. Norma is now 59 and at that age there is little opportunity for her to build that up again.”
Mr Seith said he considered his wife’s new post a poor use of her skills.
He said: “To put her into another school when she has had nine years of experience at the YMU is a waste of her talents.
“I am still very angry at the manner in which Norma was told to leave Menzieshill and that despite her GP saying she was fit to return to work she was not allowed to go back to her post.
“I also feel the need to set the record straight about what the education department have described as the negative press that has followed Norma’s case.
“There has been nothing negative said about Norma.”
A row subsequently broke out after Mr Seith slammed leader of the council Ken Guild for divulging private information about his wife at a budget meeting in front of councillors, council officers, members of the public and the press.
Mr Guild is now the subject of a probe by the Public Standards Commissioner. Should the commissioner conclude there has been a breach of the Councillors’ Code of Conduct, a hearing could be held.
If the case goes that far, a final decision will be made by the Standards Commission, with possible sanctions including censure or disqualification.
A council spokeswoman said: “We do not discuss individual personnel matters.”