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Forced to learn Gaelic


- Every pupil in the country could be forced to learn Gaelic and Scots under SNP plans to introduce "Scottish studies" to the classroom. Ministers have announced that an army of "Scots language co-ordinators" would be hired - despite the fact that two-thirds of adults do not believe Scots is a language in its own right.

Nobel alumni honoured


- Two of Scotland's greatest scientists, whose achievements revolutionised health, have been honoured at their old school. Sir Alexander Fleming (pictured), who discovered penicillin, and Lord John Boyd Orr, the nutritionist, both attended Kilmarnock Academy, making it Scotland's only school to have nurtured two Nobel prizewinners. Professor Hugh Pennington, who chaired a conference at the school, said it was a "unique achievement".

Warning over `apartheid'


- London's schools are "sleepwalking" into segregation, with classrooms in some parts teaching almost exclusively black or Asian pupils, a leading headteacher who grew up in South Africa under apartheid has warned. David Levin, vice-chair of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference - an association of 250 independent schools - said he was alarmed that London was dividing into ghettos and "becoming a silo society".

Fears over rugby risks


- More than one in 10 school rugby players are at risk of injury during a season, according to research. The revelation, in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, has led to a call from one of the researchers for rules to be changed. Previous US studies have rated rugby more dangerous than other school sports, including ice hockey and wrestling.

A link in the food chain


- Teaching children how to garden helps them to become responsible, realise where food comes from and instils calm, a poll by the Royal Horticultural Society suggests. Director-general Sue Biggs raised concerns that today's parents were a lost generation, with less horticultural education than their children. Those who attended schools in the 1980s and 1990s missed out on a "huge opportunity".

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