21 February 2020

Iain Gray MSP, Scottish Labour’s Spokesperson for Education has commented on the Scottish Government’s 2019 exam results analysis which has revealed school pupils' exam performance has fallen by up to 10 per cent.

Iain Gray MSP said:

“Since taking power in 2007, over a decade ago, the SNP has presided over a continual decline in the quality of education in Scotland.

"John Swinney has been in denial over the situation and the significant issues facing Scotland’s education system. This analysis, sneaked out late at night, shows that the problems are indeed real, and that the SNP government must finally face up to them.

“The report’s findings make the upcoming full review of Curriculum for Excellence, including broad general education (BGE) and the senior phase, absolutely crucial.

"Education was supposed to be the Government's top priority, and yet pupils are missing out on opportunities to study a greater breadth of subjects at school and we see a year on year decline in pupil performance.

“Scottish Labour has been clear that any review must be comprehensive and look at the wider issues facing education in Scotland, including the impact of multi-level teaching, exam related attainment trends, not least the year on year fall in Higher pass rates and also investigate how the three-year BGE impacts on subject choice which is reducing both enrolments and numbers of subjects studied by each pupil in certain subject areas.

“The Education Secretary must now face up to the problems caused by years of mismanagement of education, and confirm that the review will encompass these falls in attainment.”
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