As D&G grapples with the funding gap, rural schools may suffer
Parents of pupils at Langholm Academy say they’re gravely concerned about proposals to change minimum class sizes which they say discriminate against smaller rural schools and could mean senior pupils can no longer access some subjects.
Dumfries and Galloway Council is currently facing an estimated funding gap of £40 million over the next three years. The ruling Conservative group’s budget stated that changes might include “larger class sizes and a reduction in locally delivered options such as Advanced Highers. The aim would be to ensure that subject choice is increased and broadened so that all young people have access to a similar Senior Phase course choice by using digital means.”
Parent Lucy MacLeod who has a daughter in S4 says online learning is no substitute for the rich experience of face-to-face teaching.
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