Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today called on the Scottish Government to apologise to students denied a college education because of punishing cuts to part-time college places over the last decade, after new figures show the number of college places have fallen by over 140,000 since the SNP came to power.
New figures released by the Scottish Funding Council show the number of college places has reduced by 143,496 on the SNP's watch.
Mr Rennie said:
“Official figures released today show the number of part-time college places has fallen by more than 140,000 during the SNP's time in power. For years, the government was oblivious to the value of part-time learners.
“Despite the October u-turn, the SNP’s focus on full-time college places has deprived thousands of people of the education they want, need and deserve. Hundreds of thousands of part-time students have seen their courses vanish over the last seven years, with the cuts falling particularly harshly on women and older people.
"The SNP should apologise to students for their reckless and dismissive actions. Scottish Liberal Democrats would repair cuts to the college sector and support Scots striving to gain new skills."