Commenting on the SNP Government’s refusal to allow parents of nursery children to attend graduation ceremonies for their youngsters who are moving up to primary school, Moray MP Douglas Ross said:
“I’ve been contacted by many families here in Moray who are bitterly disappointed that their child’s nursery is not being allowed to hold graduation ceremonies, even outdoors, because of Scottish government guidance.
“I raised this issue with the First Minister in the Scottish Parliament this week, but her refusal to address the concerns of parents and nurseries themselves has angered many.
“Parents have been contacting me about this, pointing out that the SNP Scottish Government is allowing 6000 people a day to go to the Fan Zone in Glasgow to watch football, yet it says the risk is deemed too high for maybe 20 parents to go and celebrate the milestone of their children finishing at nursery and getting ready to move up to primary school.
“It just beggars' belief that the SNP Scottish Government can say that on the one hand it’s fine to have 6000 people allowed to gather to watch football, but small groups of parents can’t go to nursery graduations. It is clear that the First Minister has absolutely no understanding about why this glaring anomaly is causing such upset among parents and nurseries.
“The situation is not acceptable, and I will continue to do everything I can to get this ridiculous and contradictory decision reversed so that parents can be there to see their little ones graduate from nursery.”