COSLA asked to clarify position on schools

COSLA has been asked to clarify its position on the Scottish Government’s proposed moratorium on schools.

The body, which represents all councils in Scotland, had voted to oppose the moratorium at their convention in Stornoway last month until they had clarification on the remit, membership and timetable of the Commission to be set up to examine rural education.

Yesterday (Thursday) President of COSLA Pat Watters welcomed the announced of the Commission’s membership, prompting the question of whether COSLA is now supportive of the moratorium.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has indicated that it will continue with its intention to hold a ‘conversation’ on the future of Eriskay Primary School this year.

Cllr Donald Manford has now written to COSLA to ask for clarification on their position and is also calling on the Comhairle to abandon plans to consider Eriskay’s future.

He said: “This was a particularly unfortunate and ill-advised decision which has the effect of appearing to use the children of the island of Eriskay as a bargaining counter to obtain influence on a commission.”

The membership of the commission was announced yesterday and includes Comhairle Chief Executive Malcolm Burr.

COSLA have not yet clarified their position.