School of thought

As THE St Ninian's catchment debate continues, The Extra took to the streets to discover how important denominational education is to residents.

Despite different upbringings, husband-and-wife pair Stan and Dorothy share similar views on the subject.

Mrs Wallace, a 65-year-old, from Newton Mearns told The Extra: "I'm used to the idea of Catholic schools — I attended one as a child — so it just seems like the done thing. However, if they were done away with completely it may cause people to mix together more".

Mr Wallace (65) added: "I'm Protestant but both my grandchildren attend Catholic schools so I try to remain neutral. However, I do think separating different faiths in education could prolong bigotry in Scotland".

Caroline Lennox, a 45-year-old civil servant, sent both her children to St Cadoc's primary.

She said: "Denominational schools should be protected. The reason they are so popular is because they provide a good education so why change that?"

"They cost no more to the taxpayer and if it's not broken don't fix it. It's good that people have the option".

Paul Desmond, originally from Ireland, is not a believer in denominational education.

The 42-year-old chemist argued: "My kids are aged six and seven. By choice, both will be sent to non-denominational schools.

"In this day and age I am shocked denominational schools still exist as faith- based education is outdated".

Darnley-based housewife Georgina McDermott (37) said: "My son is in primary three at St Angela's and he's in limbo as he doesn't know whether he will be able to attend St Ninian's.

"I hope he can. It is important that he is brought up with a good Catholic ethos".

Ravinder Singh, a 34-year-old project manageR from Cathcart, added: "My wife is Catholic so my kids will go to a Catholic school.

"But I'm fairly neutral on the subject. What really matters is teachers — they dictate how good an education a child will have".

Audrey Kirk — a 45-year-old Newton Mearns housewife — declared: "Children deserve the chance to be educated according to their own religion.

"If anything, East Renfrewshire council should be providing schools for children of other faiths as well".

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