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Scotland’s Poles split over plan to set up their own schools

Polish parents are planning to set up their own schools in Scotland because they fear their children are losing their native language, disadvantaging them when they go home.

Piotr Leszczynski, the Polish vice-consul in Scotland, told The Scotsman discussions are under way with the Ministry of Education in Poland to fund the schools.

The schools, based in premises which are currently empty, would be run by Polish teachers, living in Scotland but mostly working in other jobs.

However, the move has divided the Polish community, many of whom have been in Scotland since the Second World War, who say they favour integration with Scots pupils.

Earlier this year, the Scottish Government revealed there are 3,347 school pupils whose first language is Polish.

Full story at The Scotsman.

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