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Volume 124: debated on Monday 7 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the estimated cost of implementing standard grade Latin in schools.

To date some £2,500 has been spent by central Government on the preparation and distribution of curricular material to support standard grade Latin. The allocation of resources within schools is a matter for education authorities.Mr. McAllion: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland which schools are taking part in the pilot standard grade examinations of 1986 and the limited trials of the investigative element of 1987 had begun Latin from scratch at the beginning of school year three.

Of the 10 schools which participated in the trial examination in standard grade Latin in 1986, none started Latin in S3 although two schools had courses of only one period a week in S2. Fifteen schools participated in 1987. One candidate took the optional investigative element. That candidate began Latin prior to S3.