The senior chief inspector made his strongest plea yet in favour of more Scottish history and culture in schools. "All young people are entitled to a clear knowledge about the country in which they are living," Douglas Osler said.
"A sense of belonging brings confidence, self-awareness, a feeling of security. Knowledge and understanding of their own country is an essential element in developing confidence and pride."
During questions Mr Osler, a former history teacher, said it was not enough to say "there are opportunities to study Scottish history". There must be more certainty that these opportunities will be available, he said.