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."