Scott: PISA stats expose SNP failings on education

PISA stats demonstrate need for tough questions on a decade of SNP Government responsibility for Scottish education says Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP.

Statistics published by the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) show that Scotland’s performance in science, maths and reading was average among OECD countries in 2015. In the previous PISA survey in 2012, Scotland was above average in reading and science.

Commenting Mr Scott said:

“These international comparisons do not lie. Scottish education is going in the wrong direction after a decade of SNP Government.  

“There is no escaping the fact that surveys show the SNP have overseen a worrying decline in our education system. The SNP have big questions to ask and only they can answer them. A decade of Curriculum for Excellence under their watch has led to these results. Pupils, parents and teachers want and deserve better.

“The Scottish Government must now use the powers they have to reverse this position. They must invest new money in pupils, teachers and Scottish classrooms rather than cut education spending in the forthcoming Budget.”

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