Scottish Liberal Democrats claim that new education figures show the extent to which Scotland’s school children are paying the price for SNP broken promises over education.
The figures published today show that the total number of teachers has declined further, the pupil teacher ratio has continued to increase and the average class size for P1-3 pupils has shot up to 23.3 – with 27 percent taught in classes of 26 or more.
Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:
“These figures lay bare the extent of the SNP’s broken promises over education. SNP Ministers have spent so long campaigning for independence that they have taken their eye off the ball when it comes to supporting key services like education.
“We now know that teacher numbers are at their lowest since the SNP came into power, the pupil-teacher ratio continues to increase and more primary school pupils are being taught in bigger classes. All a far cry from SNP promises to deliver lower class sizes and a betrayal for which school children in Scotland will be left to pay the price.
“The First Minister talks of creating better opportunities for all but this can only be achieved with investment in our schools. Today’s figures demonstrate that, after seven years in government, this SNP government has failed to grasp this fact and is letting down pupils, staff and parents as a result.
“Education Secretary Angela Constance has her work cut out to turn this around, but this she must do, and quickly.”