City of Tallinn tells schools to oppose return of Blackheads House to private hands28.09.2012, 15:00
Tallinn City Government is twisting the hands of heads of municipal schools and has sent out a strong-worded letter to municipal schools in Tallinn, telling them directly to support the petition not to return the historic Blackheads House to private hands.
In a letter signed by Andres Pajula, head of the municipal education department, school principals were told to quickly send to the city government their votes opposing the building’s return to the Brotherhood of Blackheads.
“I have not yet received your signatures to keep the Blackheads Building in municipal ownership as a public concert venue,” Pajula said in his letter addressed to school principals.
He went on demanding an explanation why the schools have delayed so much with sending their support to the campaign.
Moreover, the letter ends with the deadline – October 1 – for sending in the signatures which could be interpreted as a threat to those schools that do not comply.
In his letter Pajula made no secret that he expects all schools to oppose the transfer.
In comment to the newspaper, Pajula admitted that the city was collecting signatures from schools, but added that no school principals were to lose their job if they refuse.