The Argyll Rural School Network has issued the following press statement:
‘The revelation that some children in Argyll & Bute are being fed inadequate meals at school is of huge concern to ARSN. Equally appalling is the Council’s response which was to use national radio to blame a 9 year old and her parents. This is symptomatic of a council unable to treat, and respond to, criticism in a constructive manner. Rather than look into the problem they simply shoot the messenger. We are aware that some of our schools deliver first class lunches for all their pupils and see no reason why this child should settle for less.
‘The new administration will be voted into place on 22nd May and, until that time, we are reliant on the Council’s senior officers to run the Council effectively and professionally. This latest episode raises grave concerns about their ability to do so and is indicative of a corporate culture requiring extensive rehabilitation.
‘ARSN contacted Councillor Mary-Jean Devon, proposed as the Children’s Champion in the new coalition and are delighted that she shared our concerns and applauded the initiative shown by Martha stating that it provides evidence that the Curriculum for Excellence was being delivered and creating confident, responsible individuals. She has made a commitment to ARSN that her first action on 22nd May will be to ensure Martha’s concerns are addressed, to review the Council’s response and to ensure that the rights of all children are known throughout the Council.
‘We would like to congratulate Martha on her initiative. ARSN looks forward to hearing the conclusion of Councillor Devon’s enquiries.’