CHRISTINA PRAISES EDUCATION COMMITMENT IN FACE OF TORY, LABOUR AND LIB DEM OPPOSITION
SNP Government education funding has boosted teacher numbers across South Lanarkshire – part of an increase of 543 teachers across Scotland – as part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to education.
Teacher numbers in South Lanarkshire have risen from 3,202 to 3,282 – while the number across Scotland has increased substantially to 51,513 – 543 more than last year. Statistics also show that 666 full-time equivalent teachers are being funded through the Attainment Scotland Fund, money that the Tories, Labour and Lib Dems voted against.
There has also been an improvement in the pupil teacher ratio across Scotland, while skills in reading, writing, listening, talking and numeracy are strong – with the proportion of S3 pupils achieving Curriculum for Excellence Third Level or better being between 88% and 91% for each skillset.
Commenting, SNP MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Christina McKelvie, said:
“These figures prove that the SNP Government’s approach is working for schools across my constituency and throughout Scotland.
“Despite Tory, Labour and Lib Dem opposition, the SNP is delivering funding aimed at increasing teacher numbers and cutting the attainment gap – and this is already bearing fruit.
“We now have 80 more teachers in South Lanarkshire than we did this time last year, and an additional 543 across Scotland. With this record of delivery, it is no surprise that pupils are performing strongly across reading, writing, listening, talking and numeracy.
“The SNP has made closing the attainment gap a key priority of this parliament – and these latest statistics show that our efforts are making progress on this, with 666 full-time equivalent teachers across Scotland being funded by the Attainment Scotland Fund.
“It is important that we don’t get complacent and keep working to improve education in Scotland – but given the clear progress that has been made, it would be good to see the Tories, Labour and Lib Dems dropping their political opposition and getting behind our positive efforts to support our young people throughout Scotland.