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NASUWT: 'Gold Standard' education in Scotland in danger


Commenting on the publication of the Scottish exam results, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the fastest growing teachers’ union in Scotland, said:

“The increase in the pass rate shows the continuing dedication and commitment of teachers and the hard work of young people. They should all be congratulated on their achievements.

“Education in Scotland has traditionally been regarded as the ‘gold standard’. However, this ‘gold standard’ is in danger of being tarnished by the attacks on teachers’ pay and conditions by local authorities and the Scottish Government.

“The provisions which have enabled teachers to support pupils in achieving the today’s fantastic results are under attack.

“These results should give the Scottish Government and local authorities pause for thought in their drive to break up the system of teachers’ pay and conditions which have supported teachers in working so effectively to raise standards.”

Jane Peckham, NASUWT Scotland Organiser, said:

“These results have been achieved against a backdrop of increasing attacks on teachers in Scotland.

“The achievements made today are being placed at risk by these unjustified attacks.

“The NASUWT will continue to oppose adverse changes to pay and conditions of service.”


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