MSP wades into con­tro­versy over advertising in schools

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS -

Perth Coun­cil of­fi­cials should end dis­cus­sions with head teach­ers about sell­ing advertising space in school, the SNP MSP for Perthshire South and Kin­ross-shire has said.

Roseanna Cun­ning­ham has spo­ken out against the idea af­ter it was re­vealed ed­u­ca­tion bosses were con­sid­er­ing raising it with schools and head teach­ers as a way to bring in ex­tra cash be­cause other av­enues, such as the side of ve­hi­cles, had failed to at­tract in­ter­est.

She said: “I have been con­tacted by con­stituents very ex­er­cised at re­ports that Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil are look­ing at the pos­si­bil­ity of sell­ing advertising space in lo­cal schools.

“There is gen­uine anger at these plans, and un­der­stand­ably so. Chil­dren and their par­ents are bom­barded by advertising ev­ery­where they turn these days and, un­til now, our schools have been a haven from that pres­sure. We want chil­dren to re­gard schools as places where the in­for­ma­tion they re­ceive can be to­tally trusted.”

She added: “I re­ally do not think that there is any place for com­mer­cial advertising in our schools. The coun­cil re­ally must think again and ditch this idea.”

A spokesper­son for Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil said: “Dur­ing the meet­ing, where coun­cil­lors were up­dated on the spon­sor­ship of coun­cil as­sets, which in­cludes ad­verts on round­abouts and fleet ve­hi­cles, the pos­si­bil­ity of advertising in schools was men­tioned.

“This has not been ex­plored in any de­tail and was purely men­tioned as a pos­si­bil­ity for fur­ther ex­plo­ration. If this was to be con­sid­ered fur­ther, it would only be af­ter risk as­sess­ments and con­sid­er­a­tion of all im­pacts.”

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