FM refuses to confirm she would respect will of parliament over P1 testing

Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP has today condemned comments from the First Minister suggesting that if the Scottish Parliament voted for the abolition of national tests for P1s she may not respect the results of the vote.

Speaking in response to a question from Mr Scott at First Minster’s Questions asking whether the Government would respect a parliamentary vote to scrap the tests, Nicola Sturgeon said: “We’ll continue to make the case for what we are doing.”

Commenting after the exchange, Mr Scott said:

“Opposition parties are united in their belief that tests of 4 and 5 year old girls and boys in Primary One is utterly ineffectual. A vote to scrap these tests is now just a matter of time.

“It’s outrageous that the First Minister could even contemplate ignoring the results of such a vote.

“The will of Parliament only seems to be important to the SNP when it tells them what they want to hear.”

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