Please, sir, can I have some more?
I am all in favour of arithmetic and can’t seem to get enough of it.
So while I am grateful for the prompt response (The Shetland Times, 27th May) from councillor Jonathan Wills and for the several figures he includes, I have to ask, yet again, just how much does it cost this council to administer its schools?
And if we are now being told that the council could save £1million in administration costs, I have to ask, that’s £1million from what sort of total?
Can it really be that the cost of administering education for each of the 3,300 primary and secondary pupils in Shetland runs into thousands? Does any council spend more? Is this a record?
I am sad to read about all the time that has gone since my near contemporary friend Jonathan passed his O-grade arithmetic. Perhaps the silent majority of his fellow councillors should help come up with the answers. Can it really be that they presided over record administration costs while they cut schools?