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Scott: Government making excuses for teacher shortage

September 13, 2017 3:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott has today called on the SNP to tackle the growing teacher shortage after a school in Edinburgh was forced to write to parents to admit that they had been unable to recruit enough Maths teachers.

Trinity Academy in Edinburgh was unable to recruit two specialist Maths teachers despite advertising the positions twice. It blamed a "national shortage" and asked parents for "support".

Mr Scott said:

"This is the Scottish Government's Maths week yet in Edinburgh as across the country, there are not enough maths teachers.

"So instead of the usual excuses what the government should do is accept the reality of why there are not enough teachers and commission an independent root and branch review of teachers' terms and conditions and the demands placed upon them.

"That would ensure that we have an education system that is fit for purpose - a new agreement on teachers salaries - McCrone2."