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Council warns of `two-tier' schooling

Scotland on Sunday

One of Scotland's largest councils has warned the use of technology in schools could create a "two-tier" education system if the Scottish government does not provide funding for tablet computers. Labour-led Aberdeen City Council said that it was keen to press ahead with introducing tablets, such as the iPad, in its schools, but needed funding from ministers.

87,915 racist incidents in schools

The Scotsman

Tens of thousands of racist incidents were recorded in schools over a five-year period. Statistics from 90 areas across the UK were obtained by the BBC Asian Network. An incident can be considered racist if the victim or any other person considers it to be so.

Now MSPs back gay weddings . for superheroes

Daily Mail

It is not the first time politicians have been accused of living in a fantasy world - but now MSPs are celebrating a gay wedding between two comic book characters. When they are meant to be devoting their energies to the crippling economic crisis, chaos in Scotland's classrooms and public service cutbacks, Labour backbencher Mary Fee, convener of Holyrood's opportunities committee, called on MSPs to "welcome" the same- sex relationship.

Pupils `falling ill because they won't use filthy school toilets'

The Scotsman

Pupils in Scotland's schools are making themselves ill because of their reluctance to use dirty toilets, a survey has found. The Scottish Parent Teacher Council said it had uncovered "horror stories" about children unable to use locked lavatories, or those simply unwilling to go to the toilet.

More technical colleges to be opened by 2014

The Guardian

A new state school with a focus on aviation, backed by the owners of Heathrow, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, is to open by 2014. The Heathrow university technical college - to be based in Hillingdon, west London - is one of a new wave of comprehensive schools that will emphasise vocational education.

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