14 January 2016

Education is important for the individual , for the community, for society and for the economy.

We want every possible prospect and opportunity to be made available to pupils in our communities.

More investment in education means more investment in our future and our children’s future.

That is why we want every possible prospect and opportunity to be made available to them.

Let’s examine just a few of the major issues in Scottish education to take up Nicola Sturgeon’s invitation to “ judge us on our record !” at the 2016 Scottish Parliament elections.

When the SNP took power at Holyrood in 2007, there were over 26,500 secondary teachers in Scotland.

Today, eight years later , there are just over 23,000 , a decrease of over 3,500.

In the same period, the number of primary school teachers has fallen by 400.

Local council budgets have been cut and cut and cut again , with education being denied the investment it needs to sustain improved standards.

Colleges offer 140,000 fewer places now under an SNP government with 1,300 fewer staff.

Those particularly affected include older learners, people returning to education , and women returning to work.

Eight years ago, Alex Salmond promised that by 2011 there would be no class in Primaries 1 to 3 in North East Scotland that would have more than 18 pupils in them.

Today, eight years on, under the same SNP Government , the percentage of Primary 1-3 class with 18 or fewer pupils in them are :

Aberdeenshire – 12.6 per cent

Aberdeen – 10.6 per cent

Angus – 22,4 per cent

Dundee – 3.4 per cent.

The promise in the 2007 SNP election manifesto

The assurance given in the Scottish Parliament

Teaching numbers fall

Under the SNP Government , the number of secondary school teachers in North East Scotland has fallen since the SNP took office in 2007

Aberdeen 2007 - 898 ;  2015 -735

Aberdeenshire 2007 – 1,316 ; 2015 – 1,217

Angus 2007 - 608 ;  2015 - 548

Dundee 2007 - 805 ; 2015 - 646

And the judgement on the SNP’s record in education ?

Let’s quote Nicola Sturgeon :

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