On Monday this week, Orkney MSP Liam McArthur spent time discussing with pupils at Kirkwall Grammar School the role of an MSP and the work of the Scottish Parliament.
The visit was aimed at helping those currently studying for National 5 and Higher qualifications in Modern Studies to get a better understanding of the way MSPs engage with constituents and act on their behalf.
Commenting afterwards, Mr McArthur said:
“These visits are a real highlight of my job. I really enjoy the chance to discuss with young people in Orkney what it is that I do and how I try to represent their interests in the Scottish Parliament. Equally, it is also an opportunity for them to tell me if and where I might be getting it wrong.
“There is a misconception that young people are not interested in politics. However, you only need to look at campaigns on the environment, poverty, health and even last year’s referendum to see young people care passionately about the big issues affecting their future. The more they understand about the political process, and how they can get their voice heard, the better.
“I hope the visit this week has been helpful and that the Scottish Qualification Agency now ask the right questions in next year’s exams!.”