The news releases below refer to a period when Marlyn Glen was a Member of the Scottish Parliament. Ms. Glen was an MSP from May 2003 - March 2011. She is no longer an MSP.
Standing up for education in Dundee against the SNP’s broken promises and unwise cuts.
School Education is a major issue for all families.
And it’s been one of the most prominent issues on which the SNP have broken promises they made in order to win votes.
They promised then to reduce all class sizes in Primary 1-3 classes to 18 or less by 2011… but today over 70 per cent of pupils in these classes in Dundee are still above that level, many substantially so.
They promised to maintain teacher numbers.. but in the past two years alone almost 1 secondary teacher in 10 in Dundee has gone.
They promised to match Labour’s enviable school-building programme "brick for brick"… but work on the refurbishment of Harris Academy won’t begin till the year AFTER the 2011 election.
The vast majority of the new schools that have been completed since the SNP came to power 4 years ago are those that the previous Labour-led Administration commissioned and put in place their funding and contracts. - Not the SNP.
Over 3,000 teaching posts have gone under the SNP, and newly-qualified teachers are finding it increasingly difficult to find work .. but the previous UK Labour Government gave the SNP Government in Holyrood more money to run Scotland than any previous Scottish Government has ever had.
The SNP began cutting education in Scotland before the Tory-led Government began their cuts in spending.
And Dundee’s SNP Education Convener believes that the £4 million cut in education spending in Dundee that the SNP have made will lead to a better service.
Below is the four year story of that emphatic failure of the SNP in School Education as told through the work of Marlyn Glen and Councillor Laurie Bidwell , Labour’s spokesperson on education on Dundee City Council.
You can download the links to the webpages below here
Dundee class sizes and number of teachers : No response from SNP Government 29/04/2009 December 2008