Inspectors have criticised Aberdeen City Council for leaving a suburb without a “clear sense of direction”.
Education Scotland staff have been looking at the state of community learning in Kincorth and Cove since May 2015 and, last night, said that “insufficient progress” has been made since then.
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Its initial report into the matter four years ago called for a “shared vision” and for more groups to work together to improve the opportunities they can provide.
But while there have been some improvements, inspectors say there is still more to be done.
In her latest report, inspector Ann Kivlin noted there are low numbers taking up adult learning and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award schemes.
She wrote: “The Kincorth community does not have a clear sense of direction.
“Aberdeen City Council continues to experience a significant period of change.
“This impacts negatively on the governance, staffing structures and prioritisation of community learning and development.”
Ms Kivlin said more work is needed to improve the range of programmes on offer, and suggested that the work of the volunteers carrying these schemes out could be better recognised.
Aberdeen City Council has been approached for comment.