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Greens welcome global nuclear weapons ban

Tue 27 Oct, 2020

Scottish Greens have welcomed the passing of an international treaty banning nuclear weapons.

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons will come into force in 90 days’ time, following Honduras becoming the 50th country to ratify.

The world’s five open nuclear powers, including the UK, have not signed the treaty.

Scottish Greens have pledged to push for an independent Scotland to also become a signatory.

Outrage as climate crisis removed from Scottish exam topics

Mon 26 Oct, 2020

Climate strikers and Scottish Greens have expressed dismay after it emerged the SQA has removed the option of climate change from the list of potential topics covered in next year’s Higher Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies exam.

Scotland scores well on new Pisa test

Thu 22 Oct, 2020

Scotland’s young people have scored well on a new assessment of ‘global competence’.

The PISA 2018 results, which showed Scottish 15-year-olds were above average for reading but remained average at science and maths, have now published the results of the new assessment.

Scottish Government must cancel all exams, say Greens

Wed 7 Oct, 2020

Following a statement from Education Secretary John Swinney on the 2021 exam diet, Scottish Greens Education Spokesperson Ross Greer MSP said:

“Cancelling and replacing National 5 exams was the only responsible choice, so I cannot for the life of me work out why the Education Secretary hasn't done the same with Highers.

"His comment that this will ‘free up capacity’ doesn’t make sense, given that Nat 5 and Higher exams don’t normally take place at the same time, and it was notable that he avoided my question on this point rather than answer it.

Drymen Road data: Lockdown shows air quality improvement possible.

Thu 1 Oct, 2020

Green MSP Ross Greer has pointed to air quality data shows this year’s lockdown led to clear improvement in air quality around a Bearsden pollution hotspot, making the case that a permanent improvement from regularly high levels of air pollution at Bearsden Cross is possible.

Green MSP Calls For Bearsden Golf Course Appeal to be Rejected

Wed 30 Sep, 2020

Local Scottish Green MSP Ross Greer has written to the Scottish Government’s planning Reporter, urging him to reject an appeal to extend Bearsden Golf Course. The Golf Club intends to extend its course beyond it’s current boundaries, enabling this by selling another portion of land on its current site for housing although a separate application to build housing was recently rejected by the council.

Scottish Greens call for student support package

Tue 29 Sep, 2020

Scottish Greens Education Spokesperson Ross Greer MSP has proposed a support package for university students following the chaotic situation that has emerged in student halls.

Scottish Greens renew call for Swinney to cancel all exams

Sun 20 Sep, 2020

Scottish Greens Education Spokesperson Ross Greer MSP has called on John Swinney to cancel the entire 2021 exam diet, following media reports that the Education Sectary is planning to drop National 5 exams but go-ahead with Highers. 

The Scottish Greens, alongside teaching unions the EIS and SSTA, have made the case for months that proceeding on the basis that exams will definitely go-ahead next May presents an unacceptable risk, either due to disruption and school closures throughout the year or last minute cancellations, as happened earlier this year.

Scottish Greens call for 2021 exams to be cancelled

Fri 11 Sep, 2020

The Scottish Greens have called for the 2021 exam diet to be cancelled, stating that it is too great a risk to assume that exams will be able to take place nine months from now without disruption.

The BBC and other outlets have reported comments made by the Education Secretary John Swinney confirming that the Government's current objective is to run a 'full 2021 exam diet'.

MSP Seeks Government Intervention on Flamingo Land

Fri 11 Sep, 2020

Green MSP Ross Greer has written to Government Ministers, calling on them to pull the plug on Flamingo Land’s bid for a development on the shores of Loch Lomond. The local representative has described the situation as 'a long-running saga which has exhausted the community and needs to end'.