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Subject: Naight Scanshoil
From: Mark Kermode <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Manx Gaelic Language Forum <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 8 Sep 1997 23:34:58 00.00
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Hooar mee çhaghteraght as naight scanshoil ayn voish carrey dou ayns
Doon Edin.

I received this message, containing important news, from a freind in
Edingburgh.

EDINBURGH GAELIC EDUCATION UNDER THREAT

Edinburgh city council have announced that they intend to take
measures to restrict the availablity of  Gaelic medium primary education in
Edinburgh. At a recent meeting, the council's Education Committee
approved a report which stated that "early discussion has taken place
with the Head Teacher and officers of this Department on the
establishment of an upper overall limit, eligability for placement at
the unit and related issues. These matters will shortly be the
subject of wider consultation".

If implemented these measures would have disasterous effects on
Gaelic Medium Education throughout Scotland. At a time when Gaelic is
undergoing a revival, the establishment of an upper limit for Gaelic
medium education in Edinburgh would serve to keep the numbers of Gaelic
speaking children artificially low in the captial and would deny many parents
the choice of Gaelic Medium Education for their children. The motivation for
this capping of Gaelic Medium Education is purely financial. The behaviour of
The City of Edinburgh Council compares very poorly with that of the local
authorities in Cardiff and Dublin where Welsh and Irish medium education
flourishes with no such articificial limits to expansion.

The Tollcross Gaelic medium unit is the only Gaelic primary in
Lothian and has traditionally served children from all areas of south
east Scotland. When the council refers to "eligability for placement"
it is thought that they have geographical factors in mind. Children
from the Borders, West Lothian, Midlothian and East Lothian
in addition to Edinburgh attend the unit. Any attempt to restrict access
to the school to Edinburgh residents alone would leave most of south east
Scotland without any Gaelic Medium Education provision.

Comann nam Parant the national Gaelic parents support group have
described this development as "worrying" and have stated that this measure will
have implications far beyond Edinburgh. Comann nam Parant along with
the Scottish branch of the Celtic League and all other Gaelic bodies
are pledged to fighting The City of Edinburgh Council's plan.

Please write to the following people stating your opposition to an
upper overall limit on numbers in Gaelic medium education and stating
that any child should be eligable for placement in Gaelic medium
education.

Councillor Elizabeth Maginnis,
Chair, Education Committee,
City of Edinburgh Council,
George IV Bridge,
Edinburgh.

Brian Wilson MP,
Minister for Gaelic,
Scottish Office,
St. Andrews House,
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG.

The Scottish Branch of the Celtic League would welcome copies of your
correspondence.

7/1 Newton Street,
Edinburgh,
EH11 1TG
Scotland.


Jerrey y çhaghteraght. End of message
Mark Kermode,
Mannin.

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