Huge and tragic mistake (Vivienne Rendall)
It must be soul-destroying, leading to lack of motivation and indeed, leading to the lack of will to live I should think, teaching in one of the schools on one of the outer islands, or a school not near Lerwick.
I see from The Shetland Times that discussion of the threat of closure to the Burravoe Primary School has been deferred until 2015. I’m sure the headmistress at Burravoe can hardly believe her luck. A year’s grace! She must be in despair.
I worked in a secondary school in the north-east of England that was under threat of closure for 14 years before the axe finally fell. The effects of that on the staff cannot be imagined.
I’m surprised that Shetland is still able to recruit teachers.
Closing all the little schools, the hearts of their various communities, will be seen to have been a huge and tragic mistake in future, when it’s too late to do anything about it.
My husband and I have had links with the Burravoe school going back more than 40 years, and it is, and always has been, a first-rate little school, giving its pupils a sound and broad education.
Each Shetland Island Council seems to be more dysfunctional than the last. Each seems to be distinguished by bad decision-making, not to mention wasting millions of pounds.
I’m sure there must be other ways of making savings than by closing schools, penalising pensioners and cutting waste disposal skips.
But for heaven’s sake, keep hands off the schools.
17 Moor View,