Dundee primary class sizes : "urgent need for more teachers," says MSP

25 February 2009

Marlyn Glen has written to Fiona Hyslop saying that the latest figures on primary 1-3 class sizes in Dundee " demonstrate the urgent need for more money for more primary teachers in the city."

Ms. Glen said,

"The Education Secretary needs to explain how, by April 2011, the SNP will honour their promise to Dundee that all class sizes in Primary 1- 3 would be reduced to 18, when only 159 of the 4,064 children of that age group in are now in such a class.

"The situation in Dundee is very worrying, because it is the worst in Scotland.

"Only 3.9 per cent of city primary school P1-P3 pupils are in classes of 18 or less, and alarmingly, this represents a drop in those numbers from the previous year.

"The SNP Government has never provided Dundee with the money and teachers that it needed to reduce class sizes.

"Those in the city whom they defamed as ‘scaremongers’ have been telling the truth all along."

 

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