TEACHERS AND LECTURERS TO FIGHT EDUCATION CUTS ACROSS SCOTLAND
In the latest step in its Why Must our Children Pay? campaign, the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) has published a campaign newsletter which highlights the scale of funding cuts across the country and their impact on Scottish education. The EIS has been asking teachers and lecturers to report their own experiences of cuts in their own schools via the EIS campaign website (www.eis.org.uk/campaign). These reports, all submitted by teachers and lecturers working across Scotland, have now been collated and published in a new campaign newsletter.
Commenting on the publication today, EIS General Secretary Ronnie Smith said, ""The early evidence gathered by the EIS from teachers and lecturers gives a clear indication of the scale of funding cuts right across the country. These are real cuts, reported by teachers and lecturers from across Scotland, and they are happening now. The evidence from education establishments shows the scale of the problem that the budget-cutting agenda is creating right across Scotland. Schools and colleges are really struggling to cope with the severe cuts they have experienced and the impact on the resources needed for teaching and learning.”
He added, "With further funding cuts to come in the next financial year, it is clear that Scottish education is under a very real threat. The message from Scotland's teachers and lecturers is equally clear - there is nothing left to trim without cutting deep into the very core of Scottish education, with serious consequences for the educational experience of our young people."
"The range of cuts reported by teachers and lecturers across Scotland is very wide, and extremely worrying. From lack of funds to buy classroom resources such as pencils, paper, jotters and books to increasing concerns over lack of supply cover when staff fall ill, from falling numbers of teachers and rising class sizes to insufficient funds to heat schools in winter, these cuts are having a damaging impact on almost every area of education and every education establishment across the country. Is it right that our children should be denied the basic resources of a good education in order to prop up failed financial institutions whose executives continue to receive six-figure bonuses while the taxpayer foots the bill?” asked Mr Smith.
He continued, "With even basic resources in schools becoming increasingly scarce, large-scale initiatives such as the Scottish Government's commitment to reduce class sizes and introduce universal free school-meals for P1-P3 children now seem further away than ever. And the introduction of the Curriculum for Excellence which, if properly resourced and implemented, would offer so much to Scotland's school pupils, is increasingly being threatened by a stark scarcity of resources and a lack of professional development for the teachers who are trying to deliver it.”
Issuing a rallying call to teachers, lecturers, parents and students to act in defence of Scottish education, Mr Smith said, "It is time for Scottish education to make a united stand against these cuts. The EIS campaign Why Must our Children pay? will begin in earnest on Saturday 6 March with a Rally in Glasgow. I would urge all teachers and lecturers, all students and parents and everyone else with an interest in Scottish education, to turn out in support of the campaign and to send a message that both local and national government cannot ignore."
- A copy of EIS Campaign News is attached for your information.
Further information on the Why Must our Children pay? campaign is available at www.eis.org.uk/campaign