Tearing the fabric of life apart (Olive Walterson)
Every district used to have its primary school and pupils walked there, maybe a mile or two. They were not expected to attend in extreme weather.
My brothers and sister went to the Twatt school. The teacher was unqualified but he knew his stuff and he didn’t half drum it into them.
The leaving age was 14. My three eldest brothers went on to the Anderson Institute and stayed in digs.
Those who left at 14 often did very well for themselves, notably in the Merchant Navy where with more study many became officers. The point is they could choose to leave or go to Lerwick.
Now the leaving age is 16, so the SIC is duty bound to provide schooling up to that age on pupils’ home ground. Then pupils can choose to go to Lerwick at 16 or leave.
Instead the SIC wants to force pupils to Lerwick whether they want to go or not. I know we have several clear-thinking councillors, but sadly when it comes to the vote they are nearly always in the minority.
The SIC is tearing the very fabric of Shetland life apart by its policy of centralisation (isn’t that the very thing they accuse Holyrood of?).
There are only five junior high schools left. Lay off them. There are plenty more ways to save money.
When I was at school 65ºF was considered to be a healthy indoor temperature. Now it’s 80ºF and T-shirts on similarly summer and winter – just turn up the heat. With energy the price it is, a great deal could be saved.
Lastly, who needs more than £50,000 a year? If all those receiving more would donate a third of their salary to the recovery fund, this would be a very popular move.