Funding for Dundee Baccalaureate exams : Scottish Government "must do better" says MSP

22 July 2009

Marlyn Glen said today that the Scottish Government "must do better than quote national statistics rather than local facts as evidence of the funding and resources required to ensure Dundee’s largest possible participation" in the new science baccalaureate and the language baccalaureate exams for senior schools pupils in the coming school session.

She said,

" I have received no word from the Minister of additional educational resources, provision of courses and extra teaching staff for Dundee, all of which are crucial to the success of the new exam.

" I shall now be contacting Dundee City Council to ask them what additional resources they can consider devoting to the new exam at a time when there are other new competing demands on the curriculum."

Ms. Glen had written to the Scottish Government asking them to ensure that Dundee’s involvement in the new exams would " have the necessary finance and resources provided by the Scottish Government to ensure as large as possible participation by the city."

She had received information from Dundee City Council that it had entered into a partnership with both Abertay University and Dundee College to provide pupils with the opportunity to study for the Baccalaureate from the start of the new year.

The council said that the final numbers would not be confirmed until the results of the current SQA diet of examinations, as this might have had an impact on pupil choice and their entitlement to take part in the Baccalaureate.

The provisional numbers indicate that 20 pupils across the city will participate in the science baccalaureate and 2 pupils in the language baccalaureate.

The baccalaureates will be made up of two subjects at Advanced Higher level with another at Higher, plus an Interdisciplinary project at Advanced Higher level.

Ms Glen had said then,

" I am asking Fiona Hyslop for details of the number of secondary schools in Dundee who currently offer Advanced Highers and in which subjects.

" Participation in the new baccalaureate exam will depend upon these courses being provided in Dundee schools.

"This in turn will depend upon the number of teachers available.

" It is the responsibility of the Minister and her Government to ensure that additional funding and resources are made available to ensure as large as possible participation by Dundee in the new exam awards."


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