Monday, March 10, 2008


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 ?


Anonymous said...

Well, let's face it, kids who go to comprehensive schools in Glasgow and greater Strathclyde - in fact, anywhere in the Central Belt - haven't got a hope in Hell of going to university anyway.

Not a criticism of the kids - by any means - but our antiquated, socialist school system screws Scotland's young people out of a future so badly anyway that two weeks revision doesn't really make any difference.

Cllr Terry Kelly said...

(Anonymous) 10/03/08

Don’t you think we get enough SNP propaganda in the Scottish Press without you bringing it here as well.

Anonymous said...

Yes and we steal sweeties off babies, throw expectant single mothers out on to the snow filled streets, thrash workhouse children, wear velvet top hats and steal the rightful inheritances off nephews and send them to work in Faganesque gangs.


Anonymous said...

A "devastating blow"? Really? Please, cut back on the melodramatic nonsense will you, Terry.

A student is quite capable of studying on their own at home and addressing any concerns they have with a teacher during the 6+ hours they are at school on a weekday.

I had no such provision when i was at school and 8 Standard Grades, 5 Highers and an Honours degree later it hasn't seemed to do me much harm.

That entry was about as relevant as you. As in, it wasn't very relevant at all.

Cllr Terry Kelly said...

(Anonymous) 11/03/08

Yes, ‘facts are chiels that winna ding’ as the old Ayrshire plagiarist would have said, tell it to the Higher Students.

Would a concession be possible for Gaelic studies ?

Cllr Terry Kelly said...

(Anonymous) 12/03/08

That’s not the way the children and the schools see it.
It’s a time of great pressure for them which the SNP have just made worse.

I take it none of the qualifications you refer to were in English.

ShrekBall said...

"I take it none of the qualifications you refer to were in English."

I'm sorry. Did you just take the piss out of someone for their lack of command of the mother tongue?

Cllr Terry Kelly said...

(ShrekBall) 12:51

Wow ! There is predictable, very predictable, there is obvious, most obvious and then there is you.

I just try to be clear when I say something and the difference between me and the writer is of course, I don’t boast about qualifications he/she does so, he/she is fair game.

ShrekBall said...

But then do you not lack basic self-awareness? How about that phrase about living in a glass house?

Cllr Terry Kelly said...

(ShrekBall) 13:55
Gibberish - explain.

Anonymous said...


Im sure that even you will have to agree that Alex Salmonds performance on last nights question time was simply stunning.

I could not help but agree with every word that came from his silver tongue.

Bravo Alex, - Bravo the SNP.

At least someone has the sheer intellectual nouse to stand up too, and show New Labour for what they really are.
Bereft of ideas.
Bereft of policies.
Bereft of integrity.
Just a currupt, me, me, me, administration looking out for number one.