Commenting on £18 million Cuts in Council Budget Over the Next 2 Years

27 October 2012

I was very disappointed to hear on Thursday that more cuts are on the way in Dundee schools as the Council seeks £18 million of cuts over the next two years and the Leader of the City Council, Ken Guild, is not ruling out potential school closures and mergers. 

It seems that once again the SNP administration will not be protecting school spending from the brunt of their cuts.

With perhaps up to £8 million of these new cuts falling to Education, it is hard to see how these can be made without making damaging changes that reduce the opportunities for our young people and undermine the progress we have made in improving pupil attainment and achievement.  

At a time when we need our school staff  to be focused on developing the Curriculum for Excellence and preparing pupils for the new examinations, these cuts will further undermine the quality of teaching and learning in our classrooms.

Unfortunately, the cracks are already beginning to show in Education before this new round of cuts are applied.