THE Scottish Government is to give £1.9 million for Glasgow's third Gaelic school.

As told in the Evening Times, education bosses consulted on opening a new Gaelic school in the former Gowanbank Primary due to demand for places.

Parents rejected the proposal and so now an annexe is to be opened at Cartvale School, in Govan.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney, following a debate on the National Gaelic Language Plan 2018-23, said: "We have an opportunity to build on the success of recent years and to ensure a faster rate of progress in the expansion of Gaelic education across Scotland.

"Glasgow City Council has a remarkable record with Gaelic education and the establishment of a third standalone school will provide capacity to meet growing demand from parents.

"Following the opening of Portree Gaelic School last week - the sixth in Scotland - we will continue to support and encourage the growth of Gaelic education."

There are nearly 1000 Gaelic pupils across the city at nursery, primary and secondary stages.

Both Gaelic schools in Glasgow, the first on Berkeley Street and the second, Glendale Primary, are at capacity.

Chris Cunningham, City Convener for Education, Skills and Early Years, said: "The expansion of Gaelic Medium Education (GME) across Glasgow is very exciting and more families than ever before are able to access Gaelic for their children and at all stages through nursery to secondary school.

"The development of the former Cartvale School is yet another example of our continued commitment to GME and we welcome the additional grant which will go towards the upgrades and renovations for the opening of the new school building in August 2019."

The new school is expected to open in 2019.