What is the most stressful time in the life of a 17 yr.old ?
For those who stay on at school hoping to go to university I would say the run up to the higher exams, these are the first major hurdles to academic success for a young person.
These exams determine what course if any will be available to them in their university career and consequently will shape their whole lives.
Candidates worry and fret about the exams and the pressure builds relentlessly, I remember my own kids going through this and it was tense stuff, along with their friends they availed themselves of every assistance that they could.
Homework, study groups, past papers, supported study etc. were all seized on and used.
Easter Revision is a system which our schools used for this purpose and was very popular, the school would open during the Easter break for those Higher Candidates who wanted to take part in intensive Higher Revision supervised by voluntary teachers, youngsters looked on it as a very valuable aid so close to the exams.
The SNP controlled Renfrewshire Council have cut this provision, the schools can no longer provide this because of education cuts by the SNP.
This is a devastating blow to these young people, made worse by a callous lack of warning, the pressure, already intense has been stepped up by those who are meant to provide for them.
The last Labour administration in Holyrood 'ring fenced' this money, Salmond (the spiv) has removed the 'ring fencing' and his SNP poodles in Renfrewshire have done the rest by cutting the service.
This is what their budget really means, they are a disgrace and have no shame, it was previously -
Nurseries, Out of School Learning, The Elderly Wardens, Libraries, The Museum, Area Housing Offices and now this.
A devastating blow to our young people in Renfrewshire by the SNP what is going to be next ?