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Dundee LibDems say class size announcement admission of defeat from SNP

September 27, 2009 12:08 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Dundee Liberal Democrats today (Sunday 27th September) said that the SNP had completely failed to live up to promises about reduced class sizes in Scottish Primary Schools.

Commenting on the news that Primary One class sizes are to be legally limited to a maximum of 25 pupils, Liberal Democrat Education spokesperson Margaret Smith MSP said, "I have strongly challenged both the First Minister and Education Secretary in recent weeks over the need for legislation to reduce class sizes.

"This announcement, however, is a complete admission of defeat on the SNP's flagship education policy to reduce class sizes to 18.

"SNP Ministers have failed to deliver the legislation, the funding or the teachers for councils to reduce class sizes across Scotland in line with this pledge.

"It is another example of the SNP centralising the policy but localising the blame."

Here in Dundee, Liberal Democrat Council Group Leader, Cllr Fraser Macpherson added, "The SNP has comprehensively failed to live up to election promises about class size reductions to 18 in P1-P3. It is yet another example of the SNP tearing up election promises."

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