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(Photograph) - Higher achiever: schools rugby international pool player Kevin Curry, left, a sixth-year pupil at Inverkeithing High, is showing that home economics is meat and drink to senior boys with academic aims.

Kevin is taking a Higher in health and food technology, the Higher Still course introduced this session, and last week addressed 40 teachers from Fife, Dundee and Angus on how pupils view Higher Still.

Six girls and two boys are taking the course at Inverkeithing. Kevin, who wants to study politics, was advised by the Scottish Rugby Union to pursue the one-year course to boost his sporting and academic ambitions. "It's probably one of the more challenging courses," he says.

He likes the continuous assessment and says: "You know where you're going before you sit the exam."

Carol Dunigan, principal teacher of home economics and national development officer for Higher Still, believed it was the first time a pupil's view had been heard.

Photograph by IAN MUNRO

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