Sunday 12 September 2010
Marlyn Glen with Iain Gray, Labour Leader in the Scottish Parliament
Primary class sizes : "Scottish Government is failing schools, parents and teachers across Dundee, " says MSP
10 September 2010
Over 70 per cent of pupils in primary 1-3 in Dundee primary schools remain in classes that are above the 18 maximum class size set by the Scottish Government in 2007, according to figures released by Marlyn Glen.
Ms. Glen sought the information from Dundee City Council on the numbers in each primary class in each primary school in the current school session.
In areas such as Broughty Ferry, primary 1 -3 classes in Barnhill range from 24 to 35 in number.
In Forthill, with over 10 such classes, the numbers range from 23 to 27.
At Craigiebarns, numbers range from 21 to 23
In Glebelands, class sizes are between 24 and 29.
Both P1 classes in Fintry Primary have 25 pupils each.
Earlier this year, the council has selected 13 schools in the city which were given priority for smaller class sizes in P1-P3.
Ms. Glen said,
"The planned reduction in class sizes in the 13 selected schools is to be welcomed.
" However, the overall figures show how the SNP Government, with its empty, now-abandoned promise of smaller class sizes for all in P1 - P3, has failed schools, parents and teachers right across Dundee.
" Since 2007, Dundee City Council has never received sufficient extra money from the Scottish Government to implement this policy thoroughly and properly.
"hat’s why only 15 out 29 primary probationer teachers were offered a permanent post with the council for the new session.
"Instead of nurturing the promise of primary education, the council has had to contend with broken promises for primary education by the Scottish Government."
SNP abandon referendum Bill; "No surprise," says Marlyn Glen
08 September 2010
"News that the SNP Government have abandoned their Bill on independence in this session of Parliament should come as no surprise.
"This retreat is a frank and belated admission that their prospects of persuading Scots of the case for separation remain in the doldrums of Scottish politics.
"Not only are the majority of the Scottish Parliament against the purpose of the Bill - independence - but so too are Scottish voters against it.
"In the last UK election earlier this year the majority of Scots who voted did so against those parties who are in favour of separation.
"In the last Scottish Parliament election in 2007, the majority of Scots who voted did so against those parties who are in favour of separation.
"The failure to bring forward the Bill is a major new addition to the litany of broken promises that has characterised this Scottish Government.
"To failed promises such as the promise to do away with student debt, to give £2,000 to first-time house buyers, to reduce classes to a maximum of 18 in primary 1 to 3 classes, is now added the failure to have any confidence of winning a vote on the reason for the SNP’s very existence - separation from the rest of the UK."