Dundee class sizes and number of teachers : No response from SNP Government, says MSP

29 April 2009

Marlyn Glen has been given no figure by the SNP Government of what it estimates to be the number of additional primary teachers required in Dundee to reduce the maximum class size to 18 in primaries one to three by 2011 and what the cost of employing them would be.

Ms. Glen commented,

" The Scottish Government repeatedly peddle the myth that they have given Dundee City Council the money to employ enough teachers to reduce class sizes to 18.

" If so, why do they not have the courage to publish their calculations ?

"Or would this show just how much of a raw deal for Dundee their concordat has been for education?

" Dundee needs more teachers to meet the 2011 deadline that Alex Salmond promised."

In reply to a parliamentary question tabled by Ms. Glen, Schools Minister Keith Brown said,

"Under the terms of the concordat local government is expected to make progress towards reducing primary one to primary three classes to a maximum of 18 as quickly as possible.

"The number of teachers required to make progress on the concordat commitment for any individual council is a matter for individual local authorities as employers."


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