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GUS JOHN PROFILED

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Gus John, the director of education in Hackney, took early retirement last week but will continue to pursue an indu...

Gus John, the director of education in Hackney, took early retirement last week but will continue to pursue an industrial tribunal action against the council for allegedly failing to defend him from attacks by left-wing teachers and gay activists, the Independent on Sunday reported (p9).

In a profile of Mr John, the newspaper questions how a black-rights activist came to be so unpopular with people who ought to have been his natural allies.

Mr John, born in Grenada, was appointed in 1989, but became the target of a campaign following the closure of Hackney Downs comprehensive school, a move Mr John supported.

Black parents and teachers accused him of pursuing anti-racist policies which failed to help ethnic minority children.
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