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Private pupil influx

The Scotsman

Independent election candidate Margo MacDonald has called for a commission to be launched to look at how Edinburgh's state schools will be able to cope with a predicted influx of former private school pupils. The Lothians candidate, speaking at her Holyrood election campaign launch on Monday, warned that upcoming job losses would mean that "parents are going to have to find other schools" for their privately-educated children - who make up 25 per cent of the capital's total school roll.

Criminal injuries battle

Glasgow Evening Times

Teachers may have to sue for criminal injuries to pay for treatment of injuries sustained stopping fights at school. Ann Ballinger, of the Scottish Secondary Teachers' Association, made the claim following the collapse of a landmark civil case in which a 58-year-old female teacher tried to sue Glasgow City Council. The teacher claimed compensation when given a pound;2,500 dental bill after she was accidentally punched in the face during a fight between pupils.

New family needed

The Times

Parents of children attending Kinlochbervie Primary in the north-west of Scotland want a new family to move in before August to prevent them losing a teacher under national regulations. Otherwise, all the pupils, aged six to 11, will be taught in the same class. With five children leaving for the high school in the summer, the school's roll will drop to 19, one below the number required for the two full-time teachers it has at present.

Call for privatisation

The Scotsman

One of Scotland's foremost academics has called for large sections of the country's university sector to be privatised and for institutions to "set their own fees" of at least pound;9,000 for a degree. Former Edinburgh University principal and University of London vice-chancellor Lord Sutherland called for a "needs-blind system", which would see 30 per cent of income from fees going to help students from poorer backgrounds.

Free education backtrack

Press amp; Journal

Political parties which promise free higher education for Scottish students may have to backtrack after the Holyrood election, a university principal has warned. According to Pete Downes at Dundee University, funding for universities will cost more than the next Scottish Government can afford. The SNP, the Lib Dems and Labour have promised not to bring in tuition fees, saying they will plug any "funding gap" between Scottish universities and those in England with money from elsewhere.

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