Crazy proposals (Christopher Ritch)

As an ex-Uyeasound Primary School pupil’s parent, I know how debilitating it is to protest these proposed closures.

The fact that the consultation process for some schools will not occur until 2014 is causing tremendous stress and uncertainty throughout the rural areas. The Uyeasound school was closed because there was an “educational benefit” – Baltasound school had access to an outdoor sports ground.

Now the suggestion is to shut Baltasound secondary with very damaging effects on the sports ground across the road. It was also argued that closing Uyeasound would reduce the number of transitions – now they propose an additional transition: to Mid Yell.

Educationally, these proposals make no sense. As the price of oil rises, transporting children long distances to school forever more is crazy. Maybe there are small, immediate, short-term financial savings if small schools are closed, but the damage to the rural community – and ultimately Shetland as a whole – is incalculable.

Christopher Ritch


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  • Paula Goddard

    • September 12th, 2012 11:23

    If you read the paper Mrs.Budge then please take note of what is being said to you by parents like Mr.Rich. They have been through it all , and are trying to explain to you the pros and cons of your departments actions . Not one jot of a penny has been saved with the closure of Uyeasound school by the council ,but alot more money is being paid out in fuel for the familys of the bairns that now attend a school many more miles away.
    This decision could make or break an Island community .


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