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Digital links for Gaelic learners

Secondaries in Highland will be able to offer more subjects through Gaelic if schools link up by using the latest communications technology, the council believes.

Teaching at a distance has moved a step nearer reality after Highland won a 20 per cent increase in its grant for all-Gaelic education.

Bruce Robertson, Highland's director, said: "We have concerns about being able to deliver a meaningful curriculum to ppils in secondary school through the medium of Gaelic. That is why we are looking at distance and open learning."

Andy Anderson, education convener, said: "If there is a demand from pupils who do not have Gaelic tuition at the moment, they may be able to link up with a class in another school. We will be looking to do this with other subjects as well, to offer as wide a range as possible in all our schools."

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