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Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron has welcomed a commitment from the Scottish Government to take action on Gaelic teacher education.

The Scottish Conservative MSP, who is Vice-Convener of the Cross-Party Group on Gaelic, questioned the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Shirley-Anne Somerville, on the matter yesterday (Thursday December 3) in the Scottish Parliament.

He highlighted his concern that just 25 Gaelic teachers were recruited from PGDE courses in the last five years, well below the target set by the Scottish Funding Council.

Mr Cameron said: “I am pleased that Shirley-Anne Somerville responded positively to my question, referred to action being taken, and invited suggestions from people with an interest in this subject, including myself.

“As we know only too well, Gaelic is under great pressure, and a failure to meet even the modest target for Gaelic teachers is deeply concerning.

“We must deliver the teachers we need and I look forward to working with others to find solutions.

“We cannot allow any more years of drift if we are to secure the language’s future.”

Donald Cameron’s exchange with Shirley-Anne Somerville can be viewed here (at 14:50:05): Meeting of the Parliament (Continued) | Scottish Parliament TV

PGDE secondary and alternative route intake figures

 

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

2019/20

2020/21

Total

SFC Target

5

5

5

8

8

31

Recruited

4

0

5

7

9

25