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School closures consultation call
Pupils at school gate - generic
Parents said the views of their children must be taken into account
Parents from Glasgow and Lanarkshire have called on Scottish ministers and MSPs to review the process of public consultation on school closures.

In a petition, parents of children attending three primaries called for proper consultation on the plans.

Their case was presented to the Public Petitions Committee on Wednesday.

Parents accused council and education officials of "inadequate consultation" and said they were left feeling "frustrated and angry" by the process.

A joint petition was presented by parents with children at St Edmund's Primary in Pollok and Carnwadric Primary.

Full public consultation was carried out and the decision was made
Glasgow City Council

Both schools face closure under plans by Glasgow City Council.

The petition states: "Parents were inadequately treated during the recent consultation.

"The consultation process does not open dialogue with parents but instead leaves them frustrated and angry.

"Parents and children were left with no voice."

It calls on the Scottish Parliament to "consider and debate the inadequacy of legislation for consultation".

This is echoed by the Parents Action Group for St Kevin's Primary in Bargeddie.

'Democratic rights'

Parents call for the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Executive to review consultation guidance.

The petition states: "The parents and community of Bargeddie feel that there was no consultation process.

"The children of St Kevin's have never been consulted in any way.

"Senior council and education officials have left parents and the community of Bargeddie angry and feeling intimidated at the way they have been treated and spoken to.

"Parents are only asking that their democratic rights be listened to."

A spokeswoman for the Scottish Executive said: "School closures are a matter for local authorities.

"We'd certainly expect parents and children to be consulted.

"We provide guidance on consultation and expect local authorities to follow that."

A spokeswoman for Glasgow City Council said: "Full public consultation was carried out and the decision was made."

Murdo Maciver, North Lanarkshire Council's head of educational provision, said the local authority had consulted "extensively" on its proposals.

He said: "I am confident that we have done all we can to work with the local community in response to the concerns raised."

Pupils from St Kevin's will be decanted while a new school is built.


SEE ALSO:
Revamp proposals for city schools
04 Oct 05 |  Scotland
Shake-up to close primary schools
29 Jan 04 |  Scotland


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