SCHOOLS in the Borders are to close this week as the result of new industrial action, it has been confirmed.

Parents are being urged to make alternative childcare plans ahead of the mass closures of primary schools on Tuesday (January 10) and of secondary schools on Wednesday.

The council is also braced for further strike action on Monday, January 30, when all schools are due to close.

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The action comes after teachers in Scotland, represented by the EIS, NASUWT and AHDS trade unions, rejected a “wholly unacceptable and divisive” five per cent pay rise offer.

The Scottish Government, however, has insisted that a 10 per cent increase for all teachers is not affordable within its fixed budget.

All Borders schools closed on Thursday, November 24, due to industrial action, with further strike action taken on Thursday, December 8.