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Act 30, 1994 (XXX) – Act anent Placement of Students. 26th May 1994. (As amended by Act 20, 2002 (XX) – Act anent Administration of Student Finance Scheme)

The General Assembly instruct the Training of the Ministry Committee to implement a Placement of Students Scheme in the following terms:

1. Ordinarily placement of students will be at the end of the first year of three year course and at the end of the second year of four year course. In the case of individual students there may be reasons for modifying the arrangements.

2. Placement shall be for a period of six weeks.

3. Placement will be made with experienced ministers in non vacant congregations where the likelihood of gaining experience of practical and pastoral situations is best. The Training of the Ministry Committee will invite Presbyteries to submit names of suitable congregations, the names to be in the hands of the Clerk to the Training of the Ministry Committee by 31 January 1995, and by 31 January for each subsequent year. The Professor of Practical Theology shall be responsible for the placement of students.

4. The programme for the student’s placement will be set out by the minister in consultation with the Kirk Session. General guidelines will be issued to the Training of the Ministry Committee as outlined in the Report.

5. The General Assembly instruct the Training of the Ministry Committee to implement the scheme by the close of 1994/95 Academic Year, the Training of the Ministry Committee to review the scheme and report on its implementation to the 1998 General Assembly.

6. The minister and Kirk Session will submit reports on the student’s ability, attitude, progress, etc to the Professor of Practical Theology. These reports will become part of the student’s overall assessment.

7. The student will be required to keep a daily record of his work and submit this, together with a written report, in a format provided by the Training of the Ministry Committee, to the Professor of Practical Theology.

8. The Professor will pass on all written reports to the Training of the Ministry Committee who in turn will pass them on to the student’s home Presbytery.

9. The student will meet at least weekly with the minister to discuss the work undertaken and the progress made.

10. During placement the student’s remuneration, where required, will become the responsibility of the Training of the Ministry Committee. He will be paid a weekly amount equivalent to the remuneration paid to resident lay preachers with appropriate expenses.

11. The congregation in which the student is to be placed must provide suitable accommodation if necessary, and meet the cost thereof.

12. The ministers exercising the oversight will not receive remuneration for this work.

13. The implementation of the scheme hereby repeals Act XXIII 1991: Act Anent Evangelistic Outreach Work by Students, as from the close of the 1995 General Assembly.