Thursday, April 21st, 2016
Responding to comments by Nicola Sturgeon that raising educational attainment should be the priority of the next Scottish Government, Isla O’Reilly, education spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP candidate for the Highlands and Islands, said:
“Closing the attainment gap is important but the SNP’s return to national testing, encouraged by Labour and the Tories, is not what Scotland’s young people need. Class sizes are the biggest they’ve been since 2007 and the Scottish Greens are committed to recruiting 4,000 more teachers over the next parliament to ensure teachers have time to teach.
“We’d also give greater attention to Additional Support Needs which disproportionately affect children from poorer backgrounds and is an area that has been cut due to the SNP government’s squeeze on local funding.”