Primary Class Size Failure - SNP can't be trusted on their education pledges

Laurie Bidwell

12 December 2013

Commenting on Increases in Class Sizes in Dundee Primary Schools revealed in Scottish Government figures published on Wednesday 11 December - Labour's Education Spokesperson in Dundee, Councillor Laurie Bidwell, said:

“These new statistics from the Scottish Government show that class sizes in Dundee schools are getting larger year on year. "

"In our Primary Schools, this shows up in the dramatic reduction in the proportion of smaller Primary 1- 3 classes of 18 pupils or less; down dramatically from 28.5 % of classes in 2012 to 9.4% of classes in 2013."

"This breaks two successive pledges by the SNP."

"In 2007, the SNP promised to reduce class sizes for all primary 1- 3 classes to 18 or fewer.

"This promise to parents and cares in Scotland was abandoned less than two years later.

"Their latest target of ensuring that just 20% of those classes have 18 pupils or fewer has been an equally embarrassing failure.

"The figures for Dundee now show that they have missed this target by a mile.

"While teacher numbers in our city have increased very marginally from 2012 to 2013, this is no cause for celebration, because this has not nearly matched the significant increase in the numbers of pupils in our Primary Schools over recent years."

"Clearly we can't trust the SNP in Holyrood or Dundee to deliver on their Education pledges."

“Our school children deserve better than this.”