Teacher numbers : Almost 1 out of every 10 secondary teachers in Dundee gone
14 December 2010
Marlyn Glen today commented today on the latest Scottish Government
statistics which reveal that almost 1 secondary school teacher in Dundee out of
10 has left in the past two years.
"Since the SNP Government assumed full responsibility for its budget in the
past two years, Dundee has lost 79 secondary teachers, almost 1 out every ten
teachers in secondary schools.
"This is occurring at a time of great concern and uncertainty about the
resources for and the direction of the new Curriculum for Excellence ."
The number of secondary teachers in Dundee between 2009 and 2010 dropped in the
latest year from 765 to 732 - a drop of 33.
The pupil-teacher ratio in secondaries rose from 10.2 to 10.6 in the same
The number of primary school teachers in Dundee between 2009 and 2010 dropped
from 676 to 666 - a drop of 10.
The pupil-teacher ratio rose in primaries from 14.0 to 14.2 in the city.
Ms. Glen said,
"This coincides with the Scottish Governmentís own figures showing that only
27 per cent of P1-P3 pupils in Dundee are in class sizes of 18 or less or in
two-teacher classes with a pupil-teacher ratio of 18 or less.
" Yet, the Scottish Government promised that all P1-P3 pupils in the city would
be in classes of 18 or less by this school session."
She said that the statistics on the number of teachers and class sizes in Dundee
"demonstrate decisively the conspicuous failure of the SNP Governmentís
education policies in Dundee."
"The SNP-controlled council in the city maintains a monolithic silence every
time the SNP Government fails Dundee.
"Itís time they were standing up for Dundee against the SNP Government rather
than sticking up for the SNP Government in Dundee."
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