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MSP welcomes 11,000 additional primary school pupils in Aberdeenshire receiving free school means under Scottish Conservative pledge

By Kirsty Brown

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A north-east MSP has welcomed the prospect of more than 11,000 additional primary school pupils from across Aberdeenshire receiving free school meals under Scottish Conservative plans.

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross has revealed the party’s initiative to give all primary school pupils free breakfast and lunch in a bid to turn around Scotland’s schools.

The new policy paper also involves a £550million proposal to deliver 3,000 more teachers, a national tutoring programme, a commitment to improve school buildings, a new school inspection body and a new way of identifying the children who need the most help.

Under the plans, an additional 11,072 primary pupils in Aberdeenshire would benefit from free school meals while almost 21,000 would receive free breakfasts.

Scottish Conservative MSP for Aberdeenshire West Alexander Burnett said the proposals were fundamental to a healthy future for our children.

He said: “Education is never a priority for the SNP who are too busy obsessed with focussing on separation.

“For the Scottish Conservatives, we want to ensure children across Aberdeenshire have a healthy and well-balanced diet and giving free school meals to everyone is the way in helping to do this.

“This is another step of building success for the future of our next generation.

“A healthy body keeps the mind strong and this is what we want to ensure for our children.

“Thousands of pupils across Aberdeenshire currently do not receive free school meals which has an impact on the overall quality of their school life and this must change.

“These plans will show the next generation that education is our country’s top priority which is what the Scottish Conservatives are committed to doing.”

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