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WEST LOTHIAN TO PAY PUPILS TO STAY AT SCHOOL AND STUDY

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West Lothian Council is addressing the issue of pupils leaving school to find work, or working part time instead of...
West Lothian Council is addressing the issue of pupils leaving school to find work, or working part time instead of concentrating on getting qualifications, by inventing an 'earn as you learn' scheme.

Scotland on Sunday (p3) reported that from next month, the council intends to give selected pupils up to£20 a week in return for cutting down part-time work in the hope that the cash payment will boost the authority's disappointing exam results.

Ross Martin, the Labour education convener at West Lothian, said: Some students are paid to study at further and higher education colleges so why should it be any different for fifth and sixth year pupils? The point is we will stop at nothing to try and raise educational attainment and there is nothing we will not consider.
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