• December 24, 2017

“Parents (on the Hebrides Island of Mull) have reacted with anger to a Home Office decision to reject a visa application from a Canadian to teach Gaelic at a Scottish primary school.

Sìne Halfpenny, from Nova Scotia, was the only person to apply for the vacancy at Bunessan Primary on Mull, which had been advertised since June.

She studied at the Sabhal Mór Ostaig on Skye before becoming a Gaelic teacher in her native Canada.

The Home Office said her application had “failed to meet requirements”.

Argyll and Bute Council advertised the vacancy after parents called for a Gaelic education unit at the school, which has nearly 40 pupils.

However, despite a campaign on social media and pupils making a video for YouTube to draw candidates to the island for the post, the council only received one application.

They interviewed Ms Halfpenny and offered her the job subject to visa requirements in September.

The local authority is now appealing the Home Office decision.”

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