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Shetland secondary education changes plan opposed in petition

Image caption About 200 demonstrators were at Lerwick Town Hall to protest against the plans

A petition signed by more than 1,000 people opposing changes to secondary education in Shetland has been handed over to the council.

It has been recommended that Aith Junior High's secondary closes.

Sandwick's secondary department would shut two years later, or earlier if there was space for pupils at Anderson High School in Lerwick.

Pupils from Unst, Yell and Whalsay would transfer to Lerwick after second year instead of fourth year at present.

About 200 demonstrators converged on Lerwick Town Hall to protest against the plans to close or cut back on rural school secondary departments.

The proposals are aimed at saving the island authority as much as £3.25m by 2016.

The plans were being debated on Wednesday.

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