Responding to reports that some of Scotland’s key teacher training courses are half empty weeks before they are due to start, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP said:
“The Scottish Government say that education is their main priority.
"But schools need teachers and just a month before young people go back to classrooms many training places are still empty. The SNP have spent a decade saying independence is the answer to everything. It is certainly not the answer to recruiting teachers.
“The SNP's approach has made teaching less attractive as a profession. Classroom workload pressures are rising according to teaching unions, not falling. So instead of centralisation and added bureaucracy, the Scottish Government needs to invest in the profession and make it a job people want. These figures suggest they are currently doing the opposite.”