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Why must our children pay?

Teachers and lecturers to march against education cuts

Teachers and Lecturers will join with parents, students, education support staff and fellow public sector workers from across Scotland on a March and Rally in Edinburgh on Saturday 23 October. 

The March and Rally, organised in affiliation with the STUC’s There is a Better Way campaign, will send a clear message that public services such as education should not be forced to pay the price for the financial mismanagement that lead to the global economic crisis.

The EIS, which is campaigning under the slogan Why Must our Children Pay?, is arguing that the education of children and young people should not by damaged further by another round of deep cuts to education funding for schools, colleges and universities. 

The EIS has published a new Cuts Bulletin which highlights real examples of the impact that budget cuts are having in learning establishments right across the country.

Commenting, EIS President Kay Barnett said, "It is clear that there are few areas of Scottish education that have gone untouched by the politically-motivated cuts agenda.” 

She added, "We know that teacher numbers are being cut, and that class sizes are increasing.  Commitments to maintain teacher numbers in order to lower class sizes and support the implementation of the new Curriculum for Excellence now seem to have been conveniently forgotten by our nation’s politicians.”

"Support for pupils, particularly some of the most vulnerable, is also being cut which is placing greater strain on class teachers and removing valuable specialist assistance which can help pupils from challenging backgrounds to overcome the obstacles that they face on a daily basis,” said Ms Barnett.

Brian Cooper (EIS Press Office) – - 0131 225 6244

March and Rally – Edinburgh, Saturday 23 October
11.00 am: Assemble East Market Street, Edinburgh
11.30 am: March off
12.30 pm: Rally Ross Bandstand