Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Scottish veto on education reform

Scottish parents should be concerned that UK Government proposals for education reforms in England "stand no chance of being replicated in Scotland".

Ewan Aitken, spokesman for the Scottish Convention of Local Authorities, said Scottish schools were hugely successful and did not need major change.

Oh really?

Nearly half failed the standards for writing while six in 10 pupils achieved the basic standard for mathematics. Pupils in Glasgow had the lowest pass rates for all subjects, where almost six in 10 pupils failed to achieve the benchmark grade of Level E for writing in 2005. Other poorly-performing areas were West Dunbartonshire, Clackmannanshire and North Lanarkshire..

Is Ewan more concerned about potential job losses amongst the local authorities he represents than the educational prospects of Scottish children?

2 comments:

Bishop Hill said...

Devil's Kitchen recently pointed out that the first year of four year Scottish degrees are a chance for the Scottish students to catch up with the English ones.

I can confirm that this is correct because it is what I saw myself during my own degree course at a Scottish University.

The education system in Scotland is crap. The education system in England is crap too.

Kenny McCormack said...

"Is Ewan more concerned about potential job losses amongst the local authorities he represents than the educational prospects of Scottish children?"

Ha! Not a difficult question, anybody that thinks he is concerned about the education and life chances of Scottish children is living in socialist la la land, "hugely successful"?, was this said with a straight face?