As each day goes by it becomes more of a mystery how deputy first minister John Swinney is going to close the educational attainment gap:
"A Perthshire school struck by a chronic staff shortage is asking parents to help teach maths just weeks before the start of exams key to the children’s future."
"In a letter seen by The Courier, Blairgowrie High School head teacher Bev Leslie said the combination of one teacher leaving for a new job in Fife and another being `absent from work` has led to the extreme solution being sought."
"The revelation will cause discomfort for Perthshire North MSP John Swinney, the education secretary, particularly as it is his local high school."
"The Deputy First Minister has come under fire for nationwide shortages and last month announced £3 million to train an extra 371 teachers next year."
"During a recent Holyrood vote, where MSPs declared the SNP administration is `failing` pupils, Labour claimed that teacher numbers have fallen by 4,000 since the SNP came to power in 2007."
"Mrs Leslie wrote that interviews will take place to hire one teacher later this month, while another recruit is expected to arrive in August."