Scottish Liberal Democrat Education Spokesman Liam McArthur MSP has called on SNP Ministers to give councils extra flexibility to recruit the teaching staff they need.

Speaking during education questions at the Scottish Parliament, Mr McArthur pressed the Education Secretary over concerns raised by council representatives over the decision to set strict teacher limits on individual local authorities.

It has been reported that some councils have been forced to lay off support staff in order to meet the national targets.

Speaking afterwards, Liam McArthur MSP said:

“It is laughable for the Cabinet Secretary to say that all of Scotland’s councils entered into the agreement on teacher numbers willingly. SNP Ministers took a ‘my way or the highway’ attitude that left councils no room for manoeuvre whatsoever.

“Councils across Scotland have serious concerns about the lack of flexibility now to match the demand for teachers with available supply. This situation is also forcing councils to make cuts to administrative and support staff.

“SNP Ministers need to look at this again and allow councils greater freedom to recruit the teaching staff they need to meet the education needs of our children and young people.”


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