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Education Secretary must make clear his intentions on rural school report

April 19, 2013 1:07 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting after the Commission on the Delivery of Rural Education Liam McArthurLiam McArthurpublished its report, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

"The Commission is to be congratulated on the thoroughness of its report and the wide-ranging nature of its recommendations. While it was established amidst controversy over rural school closures, the Commission has quite properly acknowledged the far wider issues that have a bearing on this and the sustainability of our rural communities.

"Over the last two years, however, many pupils, parents, school staff in rural communities across Scotland have been left uncertain about what the future holds. It is important therefore that the Education Secretary makes clear his intentions, particularly in relation to any changes to the 2010 Act, as a matter of urgency.

"In the past he has made assertions about the policy intentions of the 2010 Act. The Commission appears to have rejected a number of these. At the end of the day, however, the decision about whether or not to close any school has to rest on it being in the best interests of the education of our children and young people."