16 September 2019

Commenting on the embargoed report by the Scottish Parliament’s education committee, Scottish Labour’s Education spokesperson Iain Gray MSP said:

“This report shines a light on a range of problems running though our education system, problems which SNP ministers have tried to deny.

“The committee is clear that pupils are able to study fewer subjects, and there is complete confusion within the sector over whose responsibility this is. In particular there is no clarity about what the role of Education Scotland actually is.

“The report also finds that the teaching of subjects in multilevel classes, sometimes from national 4 to Advanced Higher, is widespread and driven by shortages of resource rather than any educational desirability.

“Very little evidence could be produced that this is educationally acceptable, and yet again no-one was prepared to take responsibility for this shift in how our schools teach.

“Our schools have been mismanaged or indeed not managed at all by the SNP government and it is time for them to face up to what is happening and get a grip.”
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