Commenting on today’s statement from the Education Secretary confirming that he will not be proceeding with his Education Bill, previously described as ministers’ legislative “centrepiece”, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP said:
“The Education Secretary has moved his Bill from the shelf to the shredder. The reality is that this legislation was so unpopular he couldn’t pass it even if he wanted to. He was wrong to produce it in the first place.
“For the past year, John Swinney has sparred with parents, unions and teachers over everything from national testing of five year olds to additional support needs and subject choice. None of this has advanced Scottish education one bit.
“The SNP should listen to sensible proposals from teachers, experts and the Scottish Liberal Democrats and begin to deliver a positive education agenda.”