Fighting for rural education

14th October 2005 at 01:00
I am a member of the group formed to save our local school, Channelkirk in Scottish Borders. It is one of largest rural schools in the Borders with an increasing roll of 65, a glowing HMIE report and a central role in our thriving community.

While I understand that this is of limited interest to your readers, it does have a broader significance to the provision of rural education throughout Scotland. If the council is successful in closing a school the size of Channelkirk, what hope is there for smaller schools?

The consultation document submitted by the council is fundamentally flawed and inaccurate, their financial justifications amount to no more than five lines of figures with not one iota of detail associated with them. This is the document our elected members are supposed to vote on. I am astonished that public officials have such a low opinion of their councillors and taxpayers.

Stuart Kinnear Oxton, Berwickshire

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