Should pupils be allowed to work as paid cleaners in their school?
MSP Jackie Baillie has hit out at Argyll and Bute Council for allowing pupils to do this at Islay High, after the school could not find a suitable candidate to carry out part-time cleaning work.
Eight senior pupils were selected to carry out cleaning duties after school, for three hours per week, receiving the same payment as other local authority cleaners.
Jackie Baillie said: “I am astonished that children are being used in this way.
“At a time when unemployment is still at an all-time high I find it incredible that Islay High has been forced to resort to these measures. Pupils attend school to learn not to clean.
“To make matters worse, this work has been allowed to take place in the Education Minister, Mike Russell’s, own local authority area.
“I will be writing to Argyll and Bute Council to ensure that this is not rolled out across all schools in the local authority’s area, including Helensburgh and Lomond.”
A council spoksperson responded: “Across Scotland young people work in part-time jobs which can help them understand the value of work and be a good experience for them.
“Pupils carry out the cleaning after school on a flexible basis and are paid to do so.”