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Scott: SNP have made teaching less attractive

July 17, 2017 2:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Responding to reports that some of Scotland's key teacher training courses are half empty weeks before they are due to start, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP said:

"The Scottish Government say that education is their main priority.

"But schools need teachers and just a month before young people go back to classrooms many training places are still empty. The SNP have spent a decade saying independence is the answer to everything. It is certainly not the answer to recruiting teachers.

"The SNP's approach has made teaching less attractive as a profession. Classroom workload pressures are rising according to teaching unions, not falling. So instead of centralisation and added bureaucracy, the Scottish Government needs to invest in the profession and make it a job people want. These figures suggest they are currently doing the opposite."