Madras Kilrymont!

I had my first meeting today with the students of Madras Kilrymont! It was absolutely wonderful to get to know some of you and hear about what matters to you.

I spent time going round talking to some of you at lunch, and I asked you all ‘if you could change anything, what would it be?’ Your answers ranged from the light-hearted to the inspiring.

Someone wanted to get rid of the uniform – she told me it made her feel unwelcome. Another was desperate to deal with levels of hate crime, and another wanted the LGBT community to feel more welcome in Fife. It’s so important that we keep sight of these things.

(we also discussed free chocolate in school.. 🙂 )

One of the really important messages I got from you today is how angry you are about the delays in the new campus for Madras. I think it’s pretty outrageous that the school you have been repeatedly promised has been put off for decades. It’s not fair on anyone – students, staff, or parents – and is another example of young people being ignored in the decision making process.

As your MSYP, I would make it an absolute priority to push for the new Langlands campus. There has been some progress over the last year – I hope we can make something of this, and get you the school you need and deserve.

I am so grateful to all of you for taking time to talk to me. Remember – 8th of March. Vote Kit McCarthy!!

K

Issue #1: Education

Education is one of the most pressing issues for all of us, and one which all MSYPs must address. Our schooling has a huge impact on our futures, yet funding is being slashed and teachers are vanishing. There are senior maths classes in Fife with over fifty pupils – there may be others even larger, all due to understaffing. That’s absurd!

It’s not just that there’s not enough funds – too many are left ignored by schools that don’t value their talents. We’re individuals, we can’t be standardised. We need to find ways to make school matter for young people, because exams won’t do that.

I feel also personally connected to the arts, an area which has been alarmingly neglected across the UK. Creativity must be nurtured – art, music, drama and dance must be celebrated as inspiring, fulfilling, and challenging subjects.

As your MSYP, I will push locally and nationally for urgent action on understaffing. I will work with young people and education leaders in Fife to promote individuality and diversity in education. I will do everything within my power to protect arts teaching in every form.

We will always have to work with limited resources, but the change that matters comes from people, not money. I will always protect our right to quality education that prepares us for our futures. There’s nothing we can’t do.

K