‘Has his head in the sand!’ SNP minister savaged over Scotland teacher rebellion


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The SNP’s John Swinney has been accused of make his head in the sand amid a teacher rebellion

Opponents rounded on the SNP man with a survey showing almost nine out of 10 teachers (86 per cent) confidence in their burden has increased in the last year.

A fifth (19 per cent) also suggested they would not recommend the profession, with warnings staff are “overstrained, underpaid and under appreciated”.

The Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) findings were promulgated ahead of a SNP bid to blame the media for plummeting morale and standards.

Backbencher Rona Mackay has tabled a Holyrood question petition her own government: “What impact it considers negative media coverage of the edification system could have on pupils and teachers?”

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Win initially Minister Nicola Sturgeon has repeatedly vowed to make education her top weight

At the weekend members of the EIS, Scotland’s largest teaching union, signalled they could deliver unless action is taken to increase classroom pay.

John Swinney withholds to accept the pressure our teachers face

Tavish Scott

Leaders title pay has fallen “in real terms for over a decade” and is now 16 per cent diminish than in 2003.

Strikes over lecturers’ pay, staged by the EIS in April and May, brought 20 colleges to a halt.

When teachers were asked what parts of the job they are most discontent with, the most common answers were workload (76 per cent), curriculum replace withs (67 per cent) and working hours (44 per cent).

EIS general secretary Larry Flanagan revealed the survey made for “worrying reading” with “GETTY

A fifth of coaches (19 per cent) said they would not recommend the profession

He totaled: “Declining staff numbers, coupled with significant curricular and assessment swaps, have led to substantial workload burdens being placed on staff.”

Scottish Lib Dem indoctrination spokesman Tavish Scott said: “John Swinney however has his cardinal in the sand and refuses to accept the pressure our teachers face.

“It demonstrates that this ministry is out of touch with the reality of teaching across Scotland.”

Iain Gray for Scottish Struggle added: “Teachers deserve a government that is focused on education and sink up standards.

“It is time John Swinney and the SNP listened to the EIS and got back to the day job.” 

Mr Swinney today released MSPs he had “taken a series of steps to tackle teacher workload” and was stimulating talks to avoid industrial action.

He said new guidance given instructors would cut down on red tape and inspectors would “audit the burden of government”.


Opponents rounded on the SNP education minister

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