“Open our Schools” campaign backed by Cameron

Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron is giving his strong backing to the Scottish Conservatives’ new “Open Our Schools” campaign.

The online campaign is designed to give support to teachers and parents who are demanding  the SNP Government improve its plans for a return to the classroom.

Mr Cameron said: “Although many local parents and teachers have been making great efforts to keep their children engaged, with some very innovative approaches being adopted, there is however huge, and deepening concern about this disruption."

“The Scottish Government needs to show it understands the damage being done and that its plans for “blended learning”, which could see youngsters in some areas attend school just once a week, is plainly inadequate."

“Even senior figures in the SNP have blasted these proposals, which could see children in Scotland falling well behind their contemporaries in the rest of the UK and Europe."

“Our campaign is designed to give concerned people the opportunity to make their views heard.”

The campaign can be visited at: action.scottishconservatives.com/back-to-school

The SNP’s “blended learning” plans for children to return to school have been blasted by a senior figure in its own party. Speaking at today’s education committee, Alex Neil MSP said the proposals were “absolutely unacceptable” and “not good-quality education”. He added: “It’s not blending education, it’s bleeding education.” Mr Neil, a former cabinet secretary, is the latest figure to heavily criticise the SNP’s plans for a partial return to school from August 11. Yesterday, former senior adviser Alex Bell said education secretary John Swinney should resign over the shambles.