SQA FUNDING: JOHNSTONE URGES SUPPORT FOR TEACHERS
Alison Johnstone, Scottish Green MSP for Lothian and education spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, is urging the Scottish Government to do more to support teachers delivering new qualifications in light of the SQA asking ministers for an additional £4.9million.
The exams body is facing rising costs connected with Curriculum for Excellence reforms.
Alison Johnstone MSP said:
"The roll out of new National and Higher exams has clearly required more support for teachers and it's essential that the Scottish Government resources this properly. Looking ahead, it's equally important that the SQA looks for ways to minimise bureaucracy for teachers, so they have more time for learning and teaching.
"Curriculum for Excellence has many strengths but I would like to see Scottish ministers put more effort into supporting and developing teachers so they are free to focus on educating the whole child, not just getting them through exams."