Gaelic school plans for Skye and Lochaber get £1.5m boost

Published: 26/08/2009

Gaelic education in the Highlands got a major boost yesterday with an announcement that £1.5m will be spent on building two new schools.

The funding package, which was revealed by Minister for Gaelic Michael Russell on a visit to Inverness, will help Highland Council accelerate planned building projects on schools at Fort William and Portree in Skye.

Speaking at Inverness Gaelic Primary School at Slackbuie, Mr Russell said the government wanted to create a generation of Gaelic speakers, but he admitted recruiting enough teachers fluent in the language was a significant obstacle. He said: “It’s a challenge we have to face because, if we don’t, we will continue, with the best will in the world, to manage decline.”

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