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Aberdeen schools to hold merger negotiations?

Could Aberdeen's schools soon begin merger negotiations?

20 May 2010

Aberdeen's secondary schools could soon begin the initial rounds of merger negotiations, should expert advice be adopted.

Recommendations have been put forward that the city's secondary schools should consider joining forces in a bid to save money, according to the BBC.

The report, which will be put before the council's education committee next week, will suggest merging the number of academies from 12 to eight.

Protests could occur, with a recent cut in the number of primary schools resulting in demonstrations from unhappy parents.

Labour councillor Jenny Laing said that the primary concern among mothers and fathers will be the effect of the closures on the quality of learning available to their children.

She told the news provider: "There may be arguments about whether [school cuts] would improve education but obviously I think parents will be concerned about what effect it will have on the children's education."

Ms Laing went on to say that closures brought about a number of other concerns, including the prospect of larger class sizes and increased journey times and costs for some families.

Aberdeen is known as the Oil Capital of Europe.

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