Pupils asked to sign ‘our school our future’ postcards
The protest body is posing the question ‘What do you love to do after school?’ to children in the area.
Youngsters are being encouraged to fill in specially-prepared postcards being made available in rural shops from today. Responses will be presented to councillors at the town hall from Tuesday ahead of an education and families meeting scheduled for 13th November.
Parents in the West Side fear valuable after-school time will be replaced by inactivity on a bus if the Aith Junior High is forced to close as part of the council’s efforts to shave £3.3 million from its education budget.
Aith Action insist children could face 65 minutes on a bus, twice daily, five days a week, if they are forced to commute to Lerwick for lessons at the Anderson High School.
Spokeswoman Jane Haswell said: “We are running the Our Schools, Our Future postcard campaign to give the bairns an opportunity to share their thoughts and continue to help councillors understand the reality of what closure of junior high schools will do to our young people.
“They are not numbers on a spreadsheet, the decisions councillors take will affect real children, real lives and have very real consequences. Our Schools, Our Future also highlights the centralisation of education which will harm everyone as class sizes and school roles increase dramatically.”