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MSPs say Catholic schools are good for Scotland

MSPs have highlighted the ‘positive impact’ of Catholic schools in Scotland

A parliamentary motion released on Monday, January 29, titled Catholic Schools, Good For Scotland, was put forward by Conservative MSP Donald Cameron, and recognises the events to take place that will celebrate the centenary of the 1918 Education (Scotland) Act, which established state funding of Catholic schools.

It follows a similar motion from the Westminster parliament in the latter half of December last year, which received 20 signatures from SNP, Labour, Conservative MPs and one Democratic Unionist Party parliamentarian.

Mr Cameron, MSP for the Highlands and Islands and a practising Catholic, told the SCO: “I like to take a big interest in all things Catholic, and also in ensuring that Catholic issues are kept at the forefront here in Scottish parliament. For instance, we’ve had Archbishop Leo Cushley give Time for Reflection here in parliament.

“I think education full stop is in a time of fluctuation and there are a lot of issues now in terms of policy.

“I also think it’s important that the world of Catholic education is celebrated by marking the centenary with events that show how huge a contribution Catholic education has had.”

The motion highlights the ‘contribution and positive impact that [Catholic education] has had on society,’ and that ‘understands that there is continuing governmental support for the future of denominational schools.’

It notes: “During 2018, schools, families, parishes and communities across the country will reflect on Catholic education, using the theme, Catholic Schools, Good For Scotland, and believes that this distinctive collaboration for the governance of schools, as first legislated for in 1918, continues to reflect the diverse, inclusive and progressive nature of the education system in Scotland.”

So far, the motion has received support from 28 MSPs.

“I think people can recognise the contribution that Catholic education makes, regardless of their faith or beliefs,” Mr Cameron said. “It’s great to have a range of people from rural and urban areas, and people cross-party who are supporting the issue. This is an issue that crosses political boundaries,” he added.

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