SQA grading system may be illegal say Greens 

Thu 28 May, 2020

Speaking at a Scottish Parliament virtual questions session this afternoon, Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP highlighted concerns from the Equality and Human Rights Commission that the SQA’s proposed grading system to replace this year’s exam diet may be illegal. 

The ECHR has said that it is, “concerned that the SQA have been unable to demonstrate that they have considered any equality issues in their work in this area, or that they have met their legal duties in this regard”. 

Patrick Harvie MSP said: 

Lack of clarity on exams leaving schools in limbo

Tue 26 May, 2020

Responding to a statement from the Education Secretary this afternoon, Scottish Greens Education Spokesperson Ross Greer MSP said: 

Greens call for fair work to be put at heart of tourism restart 

Tue 26 May, 2020

Scottish Greens Tourism Spokesperson John Finnie MSP has this afternoon called for the Scottish Government to ensure that trade unions are involved in discussions about restarting the tourism industry to ensure that fair work terms are put on the agenda. 

Questioning the Scottish Government in parliament this afternoon Mr Finnie highlighted the importance of the tourism sector to the Highlands and Islands region, where it accounts for 15% of jobs, [1] almost double the national average. 

Every school child should have access to a bike say Greens

Tue 26 May, 2020

With schools expected to reopen in August, Scottish Greens Transport Spokesperson John Finnie MSP is calling for urgent and bold action from the Scottish Government to ensure every child can get to school safely. 

Significant investment will be required in buses, the school estate and to provide safe cycling and walking routes to school. This work will have to be carried out quickly to ensure it’s ready in time.

Johnson’s recklessness putting lives at risks 

Sun 24 May, 2020

Responding to the Prime Minister’s comments at this evening’s press conference, Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP said: 

Greens responds to social care death in service announcement

Sat 23 May, 2020

Responding to the news that the Scottish Government is to introduce a £60,000 payment to the named survivor of any social care worker who dies if they don’t have any death in service plans of their own, Scottish Greens Parliamentary Co-Leader Alison Johnstone MSP said:

SQA secrets 'a recipe for disaster'

Fri 22 May, 2020

SQA plans to publish methodology behind this year’s awards moderation on the day results come out is a ‘recipe for disaster’, the Scottish Greens have said.

Return to school must be safe and fair

Fri 22 May, 2020

The phased return to school must be done safely and to ensure fairness to those in challenging circumstances, the Scottish Greens have said.

Responding to the publication of the roadmap to easing lockdown, which aims for an August return for schools on a part home-working basis, Scottish Greens education spokesperson Ross Greer said:

Lockdown routemap must be backed with robust TTI, say Greens

Fri 22 May, 2020

Scotland’s lockdown routemap must be backed with robust testing and tracing, the Scottish Greens have said.

Responding to the Scottish Government’s routemap for leaving lockdown, Scottish Greens health spokesperson and parliamentary co-leader Alison Johnstone said: “I share the First Minister’s reaction to the images of Portobello beach yesterday. It is clear lockdown will be increasingly hard to maintain, so I welcome the clarity provided by today’s route map.