East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson has warned SNP Ministers that their broken promises on primary class sizes are letting local pupils and parents down, after new figures showed that targets have been missed.
In 2007, the SNP pledged to cut class sizes for P1-P3 to 18 pupils or fewer. New figures have shown that this year in East Dunbartonshire just 11% of pupils are being taught in classes which meet this standard.
In Scotland as a whole, the number of teachers working in schools across the country fell to the lowest level in 10 years.
Commenting, Jo said:
"Locally nearly 90% of P1-P3 pupils are being taught in classes of more than 18. This is especially worrying as in 2013 the figure was under 80%. All of this is a far cry from SNP promises to deliver lower class sizes.
“SNP Ministers have spent so long campaigning for independence that they have taken their eye off the ball when it comes to supporting key services like education.
“The First Minister talks of creating better opportunities for all but this can only be achieved with investment in our schools. Education Secretary Angela Constance has her work cut out to turn this around, but this she must do, and quickly."
Notes to Editors:
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/0046/00465732.pdf (See table 3.4 for P1-P3 class size data)