Fire and brimstone

16th May 1997 at 01:00
Brian Wilson, the new Education Minister, may be interested in an item from the Inverness Courier of 1822. The "From our files" section records disquiet among members of the "Society for the Education of the Poor in the Highlands" about parents' failure to ensure pupils read the New Testament in Gaelic.

"In the event of the people's still refusing to allow their children to learn Gaelic, the school will certainly be removed," it thundered.

Closing failing schools is therefore in line with the finest traditions of Scottish education.

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