Speaking after the Deputy First Minister delivered a statement to parliament on the PISA figures which showed Scottish educational performance declining, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP said:
“The Scottish Government cannot shy away from its responsibility over the implementation of Curriculum for Excellence.
“Today’s statement was an admission that 20,000 pages of instructions for teachers has not worked and is at worst counter-productive.
“The Cabinet Secretary also refused to give a commitment to work with local authorities to maintain spending in Scotland’s schools.
“If our education system is to be world-class once more, we need to support teachers, not overburden them. A penny for education would allow us to invest hundreds of millions of pounds into schools, helping to address the attainment gap and ensure children get the best start in life."