First Minister Nicola Sturgeon made a planned visit to Hutchesons’ Grammar last week to chat with pupils about political engagement.
Nicola spoke to 5th and 6thyear Modern Studies pupils who are preparing for their SQA exams.
Visiting Erasmus pupils from partner schools in Germany and the Netherlands also attended the talk.
At the start of the Q & A, the First Minister told the pupils to ask her anything and they did just that, quizzing her on a range of subjects from Trump and Brexit to tuitions fees.
She told them: “It is really important to be engaged with the world in which you live and take an interest in the decisions that are taken. Everyone has the ability to shape and change things and it is important that you understand the power and responsibility you have.”
Ms Sturgeon discussed her desire to stay within the European Union and spoke about the benefits within education in particular. She was particularly interested to hear about the current Erasmus project involving pupils from Hans Sachs Gymnasium in Nuremburg and Van Der Capellen School in Zwolle.
The Erasmus project is funded by the European Union and the First Minister voiced her concern that similar opportunities for students may not be available in the future if the UK leaves the EU.
She also spoke about her strong belief that the European Convention on Human Rights should remain. She said: “It safeguards basic Human Rights. I am not in favour of ripping it up.”