Gaelic goes on the signs in Highland

15th November 2002 at 00:00
GAELIC is to be granted equal status with English in Highland schools where both languages are used for teaching. Signs, information leaflets, newsletters and reports will now be bilingual as councillors this week agreed to move towards greater parity.

Total immersion in Gaelic will be introduced as fully as possible in dual language schools.

Highland's initiative is designed to step up pressure on Scottish Executive ministers to grant equal status to the language in a number of other areas.

Donald Macdonald, head of education, said: "It is important to provide cultural and language opportunities in communities so that children can have a context for using the language.

"It is important they see Gaelic on road signs, in shops and other places, as well as in the media, and that will give the language a greater chance of becoming part of community life."

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