International Education

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 10:01 am on 24th April 2008.

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Photo of Rt Hon Jack McConnell Rt Hon Jack McConnell Labour 10:01 am, 24th April 2008

On that point, the minister will be aware that a scheme is in place in partnership with Voluntary Service Overseas to ensure that public funding is available in Scotland to pay the pension contributions of medical staff who volunteer overseas in a way that contributes to their work back in Scotland as well as to the country in which they volunteer, and that there was a plan to extend that scheme to education staff at all levels in Scotland, following the end of the pilot in March this year. Is that scheme still under consideration? The partnership with VSO can contribute to the knowledge that our teachers and lecturers have here, as well as contribute to countries in the developing world.