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SNP ministers shouldn't get out party poppers over grim college figures

March 8, 2013 4:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting on the publication of the Scottish Funding Council'sLiam McArthurLiam McArthur baseline report, which shows there are fewer students enrolled in college in 2011-12 compared to 2007-8 and comments from the Education Secretary which welcomed a record number of young people studying full-time, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

"SNP ministers shouldn't get their party poppers out just yet. The Education Secretary has flat-out denied that his college cuts have had any negative impact on opportunities. This report lays out in black and white the grim fact that there are 121,320 fewer opportunities for potential college students than when the SNP came to power.

"That is a real problem for people who want to study part-time, perhaps to juggle family responsibilities or hold down a temporary job at the same time. If we want to tackle unemployment across the board, everyone deserves a fair crack of the whip regardless of background or family commitments."