North-east pupils claim they are buying own jotters

Peterhead Academy
Peterhead Academy

Pupils at a North-east secondary school say they have been paying for their own jotters and textbooks.

Children at Peterhead Academy also said they have been left to watch videos in class because of a lack of specialist teachers.

The claims were made during meetings between MSPs on the Scottish Parliament’s education committee.

Labour MSP Johann Lamont spoke to pupils last month as part of the committee’s inquiry into proposed education reforms.

Details of the discussions have now been published in a report.

The document said: “One student mentioned students had to pay for their jotters and another suggested that they had to pay for class notes that they need for their national 5 qualifications.

“There are classes where teachers are covering classes including where videos are shown.”

An Aberdeenshire Council spokesman added: “Teachers use a range of approaches which could include DVDs where there is an educational purpose.”