Meeting for education

Fraserburgh and district councillor Ian Tait hit out at the education, learning and leisure committee on Tuesday’s meeting of the Banff and Buchan Area Committee this week, saying that the group were not doing enough to update councillors concerning education.

The councillor, upon discovering that there were alleged teacher shortages in Fraserburgh schools via the media, told councillors on Tuesday, January 29, that he should not have to learn about deficiencies in a newspaper.

He also told councillors that, historically, the education, learning and leisure committee had not updated councillors enough about education.

Margaret-Jane Cardno, the area manager, responded by saying that she would ask for a special meeting concerning the shortages of staff at Fraserburgh Academy.

In last week’s Fraserburgh Herald, Fraserburgh and district councillor Charles Buchan had spoken about difficulties in attracting teaching staff the the North-east.

He told the Fraserburgh Herald: “How can our pupils do well in the imminent prelims, when often they have no subject teacher to help them prepare? I have been pressing, along with Councillor Brian Topping, that Maria Walker, the director of education, takes special initiatives, to solve the staffing problem.”

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