Dark skin colour is likely to become a bigger focus of education in Scotland this year after pupils will be given greater access to the internet, it was announced.
More than 300 pupils will start their new year at a Scottish university this year as part of a pilot project to make learning online more accessible to pupils with darker skin.
The new pilot will also see more online courses offered at local universities, with the majority offered by online courses providers like Academies.
The new course is being led by University of Stirling.
University of St. Andrews said pupils who have darker skin would be able to take part in more online and offline courses than before.
This would include courses that cover topics like history and science, the university’s research and development director, Susan McCaffery, said.
“It’s important for students to get a better understanding of how to make a career, so they can decide whether to go into a career as a scientist or as a social worker,” she said.
There will be no changes to how students are treated on campus, but McCaffey said the university would be taking steps to address the issue.
“There’s a real concern around the lack of access for the pupils in this pilot project.
So there’s been a lot of work done in terms of getting more people on campus to be able access the courses.”
But there’s no change in the way students are taught or the way they’re treated on the campus.
“A pilot project has been set up at Stirling University to give students the opportunity to make use of the internet in their learning and learning styles will be included in a range of courses and they will be encouraged to take up additional online courses, including at local schools.
Stirling University said the new pilot project would help students get the most out of their learning experience.”
We are pleased to be partnering with Academies to offer these courses and to provide them with the resources they need to support the new academic year,” Ms McCaffrey said.
The online courses will be offered from Academies online providers, including Academies, and will include courses on topics like music and the arts, humanities, history and social studies.
In addition, the online courses at local institutions will also be offered by Academies’ providers.
Academies offer online courses for students from the age of 16 to the age that they apply for their degrees.
More information about the pilot project and how to take courses at Academies can be found on Academies website.