Leader’s response

THE LEADER of Angus Council has responded to a the proposed year-long moratorium on the closure of rural schools announced by the education secretary last week.

Mike Russell MSP called on local councils to delay the closure of any rural schools by a year as current legislation “was not working properly”.

However, council leader Bob Myles said: “I note with interest the Education Secretary’s proposed moratorium on the closure of rural schools as this is something which currently exists in Angus.

“However we believe that these are decisions which should be taken at a local level by councils who have the responsibility for managing their school estate.

“Local authorities must be given the independence to use their expertise and local knowledge in taking decisions to ensure the best possible education for all our young people no matter where they are schooled.”