Only a quarter of parents think Highers should go ahead

Fri 27 Nov, 2020

A survey of parents has revealed that only a quarter believe the Highers and Advanced Highers should go ahead as normal.

Ross Greer: SQA music advice ridiculous and insulting

Fri 27 Nov, 2020

New advice from the SQA that pupils preparing for music exams who are unable to be taught properly should try ‘learning a different instrument’ is “ridiculous and insulting”, Scottish Greens education spokesperson Ross Greer has said.

The exams body has issued guidance on how COVID is impacting exams which includes the line: “Brass, woodwind and voice candidates, who are unable to be supported by face to face learning and teaching leading up to their assessment, might wish to consider the option of learning a different instrument.” 

Heathrow fringe undermines SNP credibility on climate

Fri 27 Nov, 2020

The fact the SNP are allowing Heathrow airport to influence policy undermines the party’s credibility on climate, the Scottish Greens have said.

Heathrow, a longstanding sponsor of SNP conference, is running a fringe event this weekend on “sustainable travel”. 

The Scottish Government signed a memorandum of understanding with Heathrow in 2016 backing a third runway and remain committed to expanding air travel, a move that would increase flight numbers and emissions in Scotland.

Greens: Abused women must be able to access help

Thu 26 Nov, 2020

Scottish Greens health spokesperson Alison Johnstone has supported calls for all health services to be able to respond to and support women suffering from domestic violence, after the UN called violence against women the

Scottish Govt dodges wildlife responsibilities

Thu 26 Nov, 2020

The Scottish Government has dodged its responsibilities on the nature and climate responsibilities by allowing destructive grouse moors to decide how they are to be regulated, the Scottish Greens have warned.

Having waited a year to respond to a review into Scotland’s grouse moors, ministers have now confirmed that the grouse shooting industry is unable to police itself, but indicated it will get to decide its own regulations.

In a statement to parliament environment minister Mairi Gougeon announced a further consultation on grouse moor licensing scheme will take place.

Greens hail routine testing of healthcare workers

Wed 25 Nov, 2020

Moves to regularly test all public facing healthcare workers in Scotland has been welcomed by the Scottish Greens.

Greens: Tory spending plans cruel and economically illiterate

Wed 25 Nov, 2020

The Scottish Greens have slammed the UK Spending review as cruel and economically illiterate for placing the economic fallout of the pandemic on the shoulders of those who have already suffered the worst from it.

The Chancellor’s spending review focused on the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns, but failed to mention those that had made an enormous amount of money from the crisis.

Greens call for evidence after Christmas warnings from experts

Wed 25 Nov, 2020

The Scottish Greens have reiterated the call for Nicola Sturgeon to publish the risk assessments associated with lifting restrictions over Christmas, after a number of experts have raised concerns about the decision.

The BMA has warned that plans to remove social distancing for three families together and removing travel restrictions for five days over Christmas will “almost certainly” lead to a rise in the infection rate.

Both UK and Scottish Government advisors have also commented.

Greens force Tory climbdown on teacher standards

Wed 25 Nov, 2020

The UK Government has been forced by Greens to improve protections for Scottish teaching standards in the controversial Internal Market Bill.

The bill, which seeks to undermine the powers of devolved nations, would have forced the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) to register individuals as qualified teachers, even if they did not meet the high professional standards required to teach in Scotland, so long as they met the lower standards required in England.

SNP and Tories have nothing but excuses for Bifab workers

Tue 24 Nov, 2020

Responding to the statement issued this evening by the Scottish and UK Governments regarding Bifab, Scottish Greens Energy Spokesperson and Fife MSP Mark Ruskell said:

“When it comes to the future of jobs at Bifab the SNP and the Tories have nothing to offer but excuses.

“Time and again we’re told that state aid rules are the reason that the Scottish Government cannot take a greater stake in the company, yet we know that other European countries strategically invest in the energy market all the time.