Fri 21 Feb, 2020

The Education Secretary must make an urgent statement to Parliament and answer questions from MSPs following his department’s shambolic handling of a report on the 2019 exam results, which was eventually published late last night, says Scottish Greens Education Spokesperson Ross Greer MSP.

Ross Greer MSP said:

“Publishing this report at 8pm on a Thursday night, after MSPs have returned to their constituencies, is a blatant attempt to avoid scrutiny.

“It’s embarrassing, though not surprising, that a government that claims education is its top priority would act in this sleekit fashion.

“The Education Secretary has questions to answer on both the attempt to sneak this out late at night and on the report's contents, which show the opposite of his claims that everything is fine with Scotland's exam results. There's nothing fine about a clear trend of falling Higer pass rates.

“The fact that the SNP hasn’t held a debate on education in over two years is embarrassing and, combined with publishing important information in this underhand fashion, certainly doesn’t suggest that they are comfortable with their record in charge of our schools.”

 

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