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Don't carve the school roll in granite

Can they "coont" in "Eberdeen"? It appears not. Councillors last week heard of difficulties over teaching mathematics and science but officials themselves seem to be in a tizzy over the precise number of people in the Granite City.

In a paper on community education, the population is put at 204,885, based on the 1991 census. By the next paper, on special educational needs, it had surged to 218,220. A check with the city fathers, however, revealed a third version of the 1991 count: 214,949.

Either Aberdonians move house rapidly or statistics are at it again. And if you want to know the 1996 figure, it is 219,752. Want to bet on it?

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