SNP primary school class sizes policy "in shreds"
17 September 2009
Marlyn Glen has received figures from Dundee City Council on the number of classes in the new August intake in Primaries 1-3 have a maximum of 18 pupils in them.
Ms. Glen said that they indicate " that the Scottish Government has abandoned its commitment to ensure the 18 maximum class size in two years time."
The number of P1 classes in Dundee in the new intake with 18 or less pupils is 13 out 60 classes ( in April the corresponding figure was 8 classes out of 56.)
For P2 classes - the number of classes in the new intake with 18 or less pupils is 1 out of 49 classes ( six months ago, the figure was 2 classes out of 43 )
For P3 P3 classes - there are no classes in the new intake with 18 or less pupils six months ago , the figure was 1 class out of 39 )
These figures exclude 9 composite classes in P1/P2, 10 in P2/P3 and 14 in P3/P4
Ms. Glen said,
"The SNP Government promise of a maximum of 18 pupils in each class in primary years 1, 2 and 3 by 2011 is in shreds.
"These Dundee figures confirm it.
"As further proof, the SNP Government has indicated this week that it is considering setting the legal maximum class size in primary at 25, well above the maximum size of 18 as promised in their election manifesto.
" I have repeatedly called on them, in vain, to provide Dundee City Council with more money to employ more primary teachers to guarantee that 18 class size upper limit."
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