Labour candidate calls for all Gaelic school on Lewis

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Parliamentary candidate, Alasdair Morrison, has called for agencies to examine how an all Gaelic School can be established on Lewis.

Mr Morrison said: “ The islands and islanders have been at the forefront, and in many instances, led the development of Gaelic education across Scotland.

“Ironically it’s the only region of the country that does not have a seamless all Gaelic provision from pre-school all the way through to sixth year.

“I believe the time has come for the next major step change in Gaelic educational provision in the islands. “

He said Comhairle nan Eilean Siar had always been supportive of Gaelic Medium Education and urged parents to make calls for a dedicated Gaelic school.

In fact it was the first local authority to offer Gaelic Medium secondary education which began in Shawbost and Lionel in 1983.

Mr Morrison continued: “We should now look to the Comhairle, with the support of parents and language development agencies to lead a discussion on establishing an all Gaelic School on Lewis,” he said.

“Last week Donald John Smith, a maths teacher from Ness who teaches in one of Scotland’s best schools, Sgoil Ghàidhlig Ghlaschu, outlined in a radio interview the benefits of having an all Gaelic campus for pupils from the age of 3 to 18 years. Clearly his view was that the west side of Lewis is the best location for such a facility.

“The first important step is to begin the conversation and that will naturally lead to discussion about location and the type of facility required.”.