Tue 14 Dec, 2021

Commenting on the latest data on attainment in schools during the pandemic, Scottish Greens education spokesperson Ross Greer said:

“Putting the health and safety of pupils, school staff the wider community first was absolutely the right thing to do but it has had a damaging effect on attainment, particularly for the most disadvantaged young people. That’s why the cooperation agreement between the Greens and Scottish Government puts such a high priority on education and tackling child poverty.

"For example, the budget for this coming year will deliver the first thousand of the additional three and a half thousand teachers to be recruited during this term of Parliament, on top of providing enough money to offer permanent contracts to all fifteen hundred teachers recruited on temporary contracts during the pandemic.”

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