27 June 2019

The SNP has not led one single debate on their top priority of education in this parliamentary year, with the last Government led debate held on 2nd November 2017.

Speaking at First Minister’s Questions today, Scottish Labour Leader, Richard Leonard, said that the SNP’s poor record on education - including the teacher recruitment crisis, narrowing of the curriculum, the explosion of multi-level teaching and the growing crisis in additional support needs – was why no debates have been brought forward by the SNP government for 19 months.

Additionally, new figures released today by Scottish Labour the SNP government now spend over one thousand pounds less per student on teaching in Scottish universities than they did when they came into office in 2007.

That is on top of a reduction in spending of £427 per pupil in primary schools and warnings from the Auditor General that colleges are not achieving financial sustainability.

Richard Leonard said:

“If education really is your top priority then why does research, we are publishing today, show that the Government is spending over one thousand pounds less per student on teaching in our universities since it came to office?

“Isn’t this the record on education that the government is so unwilling and unable to debate? A record of cuts – cuts to schools, cuts to colleges and cuts to universities?”
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