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Outrage at `poor quality' of degrees facing axe

The Herald

Students on courses due to be dropped by a Scottish university are having their education compromised by "skeletal staffing". Academics and students at the University of Strathclyde accused management of making unfair cuts to staffing levels in geography, music, sociology and community education departments as it prepares to axe the courses in 2015.

Parents face court if children drink at home

The Scotsman

Police have warned parents they could be prosecuted for allowing children to drink at meals or parties in their homes. The threat follows an upsurge in alcohol-fuelled anti-social behaviour. Officers said youths as young as 13 had been found under the influence. Parents could be charged with supplying alcohol to under-18s, according to Central Scotland Police.

Perverts in your postcode

The Sun on Sunday

A chilling map revealing where sex offenders are housed across Scotland is shown for the first time. Our postcode breakdown highlights the rough location of all registered perverts. And it reveals how many deprived areas are being used as "dumping grounds" for beasts. Our investigation discovered more than 3,000 offenders living in 319 of the country's 443 postcodes. The PH1 area, which includes the north of Perth and nearby rural villages, had the highest number at 51.

Scots pupil Bruce, 14, is Britain's most multi-lingual

Daily Record

A Scots teenager has been named the most multi-lingual child in the UK. Bruce Baillie-Hamilton, 14, can speak six foreign languages as well as English. He started learning Russian at home and then took up Mandarin "for a challenge". Arabic was next and he has already achieved grade A passes in each of them, at GSCE or AS level. Bruce is also learning French, German and Spanish at Beaconhurst School in Bridge of Allan, near Stirling.

Students `made to work as interns' at China plants for Apple

The Guardian

Apple's factories in China are employing tens of thousands of students, some of them on forced internships, according to campaigners lobbying for better labour conditions at Foxconn plants, which assemble iPhones. Some students could be as young as 16 and are told they will not graduate unless they spend months working on production lines during holidays.

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