26 February 2020

Commenting on the Education Secretary’s speech this morning on closing the attainment gap, Scottish Labour Education Spokesperson Iain Gray MSP said :

“John Swinney’s keynote speech today was another disappointment.

"Rather than facing up to the problems in schools and the failures of the SNP government to close the attainment gap, there was the usual thin-skinned, defensive spin and denial.

“John Swinney needs to understand that the ‘principles and big ideas’ of Curriculum for Excellence are not being compromised by ‘overblown media coverage’ but rather his government’s failure to fund schools properly and support teachers effectively.

“Despite John Swinney’s bluster, new figures this week show attainment falling and the attainment gap widening, not narrowing.

“He also announced an extremely disappointing remit for the OECD review of secondary education, in an attempt to avoid scrutiny of problems with attainment and curriculum.

“If this arrogant SNP government truly wishes to close the attainment gap, John Swinney will have to swallow his pride and put the future of Scotland’s children before his public image.”
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