Commenting on a survey of schools undertaken by the Scottish Parliament’s Education Committee, in which 72 per cent of respondents said that a lack of specialist teachers is constraining subject choice at S4 level either “a great deal” or to “some extent”, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP said:
“Young people should be able to gain the combination of qualifications that is right for them. Instead, schools are telling us that pupils’ choices, and therefore their ambitions, are being limited by the lack of teachers.
“There are more than 3,000 fewer teachers than when the SNP came to power. Core subjects such as English and Maths are facing serious shortages.
“Teachers, parents and pupils have every right to demand better. Scottish Liberal Democrats want to see new optional three-year packages for probationer teachers, retention bonuses for those who commit to posts in hard-to-fill areas, and a guaranteed minimum level of support staff in every school.”