17 Dec 2012


News from Scottish Labour

Responding to the publication of the Summary Statistics for Schools in Scotland by the Scottish Government, which shows that since 2007 there are 3902 fewer teachers in schools, Scottish Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary Hugh Henry MSP said:
“Alex Salmond came to power in 2007 promising to maintain teacher numbers at 54,136. He quickly ditched this and is now trying to blame local councils for the reduction of 3902. It was his promise and he has conned both teachers and parents. No wonder so many newly qualified teachers are finding it hard to get a job.

“The SNP government has broken its promise to reduce class sizes in P1-P3. Even worse in secondary schools. SNP Ministers have allowed an increase in class sizes in English and maths in S1 and S2 – vital transitional years for school pupils.

“The figures show the shocking reality of the SNP’s broken promise on teacher numbers.”