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CLASS SIZE CONSULTATION IS TOO LITTLE TOO LATE, SAYS EIS

Commenting today on the Scottish Government's announcement of a consultation on possible legislation to reduce the maximum class size in primary 1 to 25 pupils, EIS General Secretary Ronnie Smith said:

"The EIS regrets that it has taken so long for these draft regulations finally to see the light of day. Today's announcement is a very modest and belated step in the right direction, but the legislation would do no more than give statutory force to the primary 1 limit of 25 introduced by the last Scottish Government some three years ago.

Mr Smith continued: "The leisurely approach adopted by the Scottish Government in producing these draft regulations some six months after the previous Cabinet Secretary announced their intentions means that there will be no meaningful impact on class size limits until August 2011 which is, of course, after the next Scottish Parliamentary election.

He added: "This means that, over the course of this Parliament, the Scottish Government will have taken no concrete or enforceable steps to make further reductions in class size limits.


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