That's kind of sad, in an end-of-an-era sort of way. As recently as 1977 there were 17 primary school pupils in the school. The departure of Teigan Scott is part of the general trend of rural depopulation in the Highlands and Islands because EU food economics have tilted the playing field in favour of French mega-farms growing golden delicious apples and oats being grown 'only' in Poland and Finland. It is, accordingly, difficult to make a living off the poor thin soils of North Ronaldsay and the surrounding, over-fished, seas around the island. So the young go off to become electrical engineers and quantity surveyors and never come back. at its peak in 1881 there were 550 people living on the island a count which steadily declined to about a tenth of that today.
It would have to be a very slow news day for such a local event to make the news in France, Indeed it only makes the national newspapers and the BBC because the story is cutely nostalgic. It helps that young Teigan is symmetrical too, of course. I wrote about a similar story two years ago where the two pupils and their teacher travel to Sherkin Island for school each day. The teacher is paid to do this by me-the-tax-payer because educational politics sees this sort of micro-school as desirable. Finding another resource teacher in a
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