The latest in the Herald/EIS campaign to undermine the SNP education strategy continues:
SNP ministers have been accused of letting down teachers and pupils after an “embarrassing” failure to deliver on a pledge to cut class sizes. Opposition figures criticised ministers for failing “to boost teacher numbers and support pupils despite 13 years in power”.
Who accuses them? Well, Jamie Greene MSP (Con):
This is pure fantasy. From the Scottish Government yesterday:
The total number of full time equivalent teachers has risen to its highest figure since 2008, official statistics confirm. New figures have revealed that there were 53,400 teachers employed in early learning and childcare, primary, secondary and special schools or centrally employed.
This is 1,153 more than the 2019 total (52,247). Average class size in primary schools fell to their smallest since 2012, down to 23.1 from 23.5 in 2019. The 2020 pupil teacher ratio for all publicly funded schools was 13.3, an improvement on 2019 when it was 13.6.
The ratio in Primary schools is now 15.4 pupils to 1 teacher and in Secondary schools, 12.5 to 1.
- In state-funded primary schools, the PTR has remained at 20.9 in both 2018 and 2019 despite a continued increased in pupil numbers.
- In state-funded secondary schools, the PTR has risen from 16.3 in 2018 to 16.6 in 2019, continuing the trend of year-on-year increases seen since 2012.
Note, the English figures include unqualified teachers (!)