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Education boss accused of bias over Gaelic

posted 16 Feb 2011, 09:35 by David Rintoul   [ updated 16 Feb 2011, 09:54 ]

The national Gaelic body has called for Edinburgh's education leader to be removed from her role of looking at the future of the language in city schools, claiming she is already biased against it.

Bòrd na Gàidhlig, the national development agency for the language, said it had concerns about Councillor Marilyne MacLaren's "neutrality on Gaelic matters" following comments made by her during an education committee meeting where she apparently talked about Gaelic Medium Education leading to "segregation". The city council is currently consulting with the public on how best to provide education for growing numbers of Gaelic-speaking primary children.