That apart, swimming should be vastly enhanced as part of the health-promoting school. It is not good enough that almost half the children who leave primary struggle in the water. If we are promoting an activity, we should do it well. We do not. Learning earlier and, as it were, in greater depth, cannot be left entirely to extra-curricular activity.
It is understood Nicol Stephen, the Deputy Education Minister, is alarmed at the lack of swimming. He should take a closer look at the Edinburgh University research and not that of his department, which is a recipe for minimal action.