Thu 16 Jan, 2020

Scottish Greens have welcomed the Scottish Parliament’s call for a review of both phases of Curriculum for Excellence.

MSPs voted for a review of the whole curriculum, defeating the SNP amendment to restrict the review to only the senior phase.

The national curriculum must be judged on whether it has fulfilled its original aims, the party’s education spokesperson Ross Greer has said.

Commenting, Ross Greer said:

“CfE was supposed to bring breadth and depth to our education system, to empower our young people to become confident and responsible citizens and tackle the gap in outcomes between pupils from richer and poorer backgrounds. Implemented without clear leadership or enough funding though, it has created more inequality and has clear, structural problems.

“The SNP’s response has been to stick their heads in the sand, claiming all is fine. They’ve gone as far as not bringing a single education debate to Parliament for over two years. The result of this rare opposition debate shows that we will not stand for it though.

"Teacher numbers are 2,852 below what they were when the SNP came to government, subject choice has clearly narrowed and the two government agencies responsible seem unable to even speaking to each other. A thorough review will let us confirm exactly what the problems are and how we can solve them, the SNP should accept the will of Parliament and deliver more than just the already announced review of S4-6.”

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