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Scottish islands find an innovative solution to a shortage of teachers.

Scottish islands find an innovative solution to a shortage of teachers.

THREE pupils lounge in their chairs as their teacher, Mairi Mackay, runs through exercises intended to help them make the throaty, H-like sound that precedes some Gaelic words. But whereas the children are in a classroom on Islay, an island of 3,000 souls at the southern tip of the Inner Hebrides, Ms Mackay sits in her living room in Perth, in Scotland’s central belt. Your correspondent, meanwhile, looks on from the headquarters of e-Sgoil, an online school based on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides.

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