Press Catch-Up

14th December 2012 at 00:00

Pupils to be asked how council can save #163;30m

The Press and Journal

- Council bosses in Moray will ask schoolchildren how they can save #163;30 million from the budget over the next four years. Around 60 secondary pupils from Moray will have their say at Elgin Town Hall on Thursday (yesterday) on where the axe should fall. It is hoped the scheme will encourage young people to take an active interest in the council.

EU students may push Scots out of our universities

Scottish Daily Mail

- Scots face being frozen out of universities in their own country because of the deluge of EU students, higher education chiefs warned. EU students are controversially exempt from tuition fees in the same way as their Scottish counterparts, costing taxpayers here around #163;76 million a year.

School closure protest at council meeting

The Herald

- Angry parents staged a protest at a council meeting on Monday night over plans to close and merge a number of primary schools in East Dunbartonshire. They demonstrated against proposals by the authority to carry out a major refurbishment of its primary school estate in a move it claims will tackle falling rolls and ageing buildings.

Stump up for school lunches - or I'll feed kids bread and water

The Daily Record

- A head threatened to feed pupils bread and water unless parents paid their school meals bills. Mauchline Primary boss Lynne McLean issued the warning after children began turning up without enough money for lunch. But the move has been scrapped after furious parents complained to education chiefs in East Ayrshire, who have now apologised.

GCSE grade row reaches court

The Guardian

- Thousands of students could see their GCSE English grades increased retrospectively through a high court case beginning this week in which an alliance of schools, councils and pupils will argue that exam boards and the government's qualifications watchdog acted illegally in changing grade boundaries midway through the 2012 exams season.

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