Saturday, 25 April 2009
Walls and schools
I don't have any kids, so should not really comment on the schools row that continues to smoulder like a moorland fire. However, I am just wondering what the object is of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar running against the brick wall that is the Scottish Government. If they say the review regarding closure of S1/S2 schools was not carried out correctly, then it wasn't carried out correctly? Why can't that just be accepted graciously? At the end of the day, the government is boss.
To rehash, CNES plans to close four rural secondary schools in Lewis. These offer first and second year secondary education, for later years the pupils go to the Nicolson Institute in Stornoway. The savings made by these closures are to be used for five new schools. There has been an ongoing row between the Scottish Education Minister and CNES, and the latter are now urged to go to court to seek a judicial review of the process. I'm not an expert on these matters, but it looks to me like a waste of money. If the procedures were not followed correctly by CNES, they were not followed correctly.
The last line in a report on Hebrides News (source for post) says it all - please note I am copying verbatim:
It does not make any rhythm or reason