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Scott: Teachers are overworked and underappreciated

September 29, 2017 3:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP today blamed the Scottish Government for making the teaching profession less attractive after new figures revealed hundreds of places on teacher training courses went unfilled this year.

A BBC investigation found that a quarter of places on postgraduate courses for people who want to be secondary teachers have not been taken up.

Commenting, Mr Scott said:

"Scotland needs teachers but the SNP's recruitment drive has fallen well short of its objective.

"Teaching is fulfilling and rewarding. However, teachers are overworked and underappreciated and this is clearly weighing heavily upon existing professionals and candidates.

"That is why we need McCrone Two - an independent root and branch review to ensure that teachers have the conditions, numbers and support to match the demands placed upon them."