22 Feb 2013

Hugh said: Teachers Paying for Basic Supplies ‘a disgrace’

Responding to figures revealed in the Daily Record which show Scottish schools are facing a funding crisis, and notably:

·           Some schools have just 64 pence a week per pupil for textbooks and supplies
·           A total of £37million has been slashed from school supply budgets since 2005
·           Teachers are being forced to pay for essentials such as pencils and jotters from their own pockets
·           Parents are also being asked to buy textbooks which impacts Scotland’s poorest children the most

Scottish Labour’s Hugh Henry MSP said:

“It is a disgrace that across Scotland, teachers are having to dip into their own pockets to help pay for basic supplies and resources to help them carry out their job.

“This is a direct result of Alex Salmond’s massive cut to council budgets, forcing our councils to carry out Alex Salmond’s dirty work. Councillors are having to make difficult and unpopular decisions because the SNP government won’t give them the money they need.

“It is unacceptable that in many schools in poorer areas, our children have less resources and less equipment available to them because their parents aren't able to fundraise to make up the gap.

“We simply can’t go on like this. If we believe in a just and fair Scotland, then every child needs to be treated the same and that’s not happening in Alex Salmond’s Scotland.”