Swimming lessons for primary school children should be a compulsory part of the Scottish curriculum as it emerged that 40 per cent of those going entering secondary are unable to swim.
Last night, former Olympic athlete turned MSP Brian Whittle, said Scotland should be brought into line with England and Wales where all primary kids are given free lessons.
Under existing arrangements in Scotland primary school children are not charged for swimming lessons, although provision is not binding and varies between local councils. Campaigners claim this has led to patchy services, with many children denied lessons.
Read The Herald