Scottish Government action welcomed at end of 125th anniversary of Mod festival

Kate Forbes MSP has highlighted figures which show a large increase in the number of pupils receiving Gaelic-medium education since the SNP came to power in 2007.

The Scottish Government figures, which emerged in a parliamentary question to Education Secretary John Swinney, show a 68 per cent increase in the number of primary and secondary pupils receiving Gaelic-medium since 2007-08, with 4,197 pupils in Scotland receiving Gaelic-medium education in 2015-16.

The figures were highlighted to mark the final day of the Mod festival on Saturday (22 October), which celebrated its 125th anniversary this year.

The Royal National Mod is an important economic asset for the host areas and plays a vital role in promoting Gaelic language and culture.

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Kate Forbes, MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, said: “The Scottish Government has been consistently active in promoting and funding access to Gaelic-medium education and promoting Gaelic culture, allowing events such as the annual Royal National Mod to be so successful.

“The number of pupils receiving Gaelic-medium education has increased massively since the SNP came to power, up by 68 per cent since 2007-08 – giving more young people the opportunity to learn new skills and gain greater cultural awareness.

“Initiatives such as the recent investment in an e-Sgoil in the Western Isles and extra funding for Gaelic learning will only further increase these numbers and increase opportunities for our young people.

“I am proud of the action the Scottish Government is taking – and look forward to next year’s Mod after the great success of this year’s 125th anniversary event.”

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