"Clear Proof that SNP have abandoned have pledge to class size reduction in Dundee," says Marlyn Glen
15 November 2007
Marlyn Glen, revealed today that the Scottish Government cannot give her details of the funding that was promised to implement reductions in class sizes in primaries 1 to 3 in Dundee schools, nor the number of new teachers involved.
Ms. Glen described it as " clear proof that the SNP had abandoned its pre--election promise to reduce class sizes in Dundee long before John Swinney’s budget announcement yesterday."
In a series of replies to Ms. Glen’s Parliamentary Questions, SNP Deputy Education Minister Adam Ingram told Ms. Glen that the Scottish Government had made "no estimate" of the additional teachers required to reduce class sizes in primary 1 to primary 3 to a maximum of 18.
He added that "no estimate" had been made cost of full implementation of our class size commitment.
Questioned on the timescale for the implementation of the class size reduction policy, the SNP Minister said that the Scottish Government would work together with Dundee City Council to "ensure we can drive down class sizes in a managed and staged way which maintains teacher quality, recognises classroom pressures and continuity of class configurations which will deliver year-on-year progress to classes of 18 in P1-P3"
Ms. Glen commented,
"Alex Salmond gave a commitment on 5th. September that primary 1 to 3 class sizes would be reduced by 2011.
" That date has now been abandoned, and replaced by a timetable that stretches out to an unspecified date beyond 2011."