Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP today revealed that local authorites had to re-advertise 2,275 teaching posts in the last three years, prompting renewed calls for an additional £500 million investment in education and a review of teachers' terms and conditions.
The figures, acquired by the party through freedom of information requests, show that 2,275 posts were re-advertised in just three years (between 2014-15 and 2016-17).
In 2016-17 alone, 1,004 teaching posts had to be re-advertised.
Mr Scott commented:
"Parents and pupils will be worried to learn that almost 2,500 teaching posts have had to be advertised on multiple occasions.
"There will be occasions when people do apply and subsequently do not take up the post forcing councils to re-advertise. However, there is no doubt that teaching posts across Scotland are proving stubbornly hard to fill.
"The impact of a decade of mismanagement by the SNP is clear. Teaching is an amazing and rewarding profession. But there is an urgent need to make it more attractive to both existing and potential teachers. That starts by having an honest conversation about how much they currently do.
"Every teacher knows support staff have been cut and their workload has increased. That is why the Education Secretary must now respond to our calls for a new independent root and branch review to ensure teachers have the conditions, numbers and support to match the demands placed upon them. That would be a positive step for government to take in addressing the shortfalls and I urge them to work with local government and teachers’ unions now to establish McCrone 2.
"There is also an opportunity for the Scottish Government to include in its budget an additional £500 million for education. It could help provide additional support in every classroom, benefiting pupils and teachers alike."