A NUMBER of Ross-shire secondary schools are “on their knees” despite the heroic efforts of staff with chronic underfunding limiting the career choices of pupils and threatening to exacerbate rural depopulation.

A sobering assessment of the challenges faced comes in a far-reaching open letter sent to politicians and decision-makers which is already gaining significant momentum.

The voices of anxious parents, overstressed staff and “let down” pupils resonate in an open letter which offers a searing indictment of shortfalls affecting schools including Gairloch High and Ullapool High.

The open letter demands action to be taken for “school communities on their knees” due to “insufficient funding to deliver even a basic curriculum”‘ with increasing concern for the wellbeing of teachers and support staff at these school

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