Scott: UCAS figures show attainment gap challenge

Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesman Tavish Scott MSP today said that while the SNP were building monuments to their education policy, students were being let down.

Mr Scott was speaking as new figures from UCAS showed a fall in the number of students from the poorest background in Scotland going to university.

Commenting, Mr Scott said:

“These shocking figures underline the scale of the challenge that we face to close the attainment gap in Scotland. The number of people from the poorest backgrounds going to university has fallen and those who do apply to university are less likely to be accepted.

“The SNP came to power on a promise to dump student debt. Instead, bursaries and grants have been slashed. The SNP have had nine years to ensure that young people from a poorer background are on a level playing field with their contemporaries. But while they have been busy building monuments to their education policy, students have been let down badly.”


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