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News Release 4 Feb 2011


Renfrewshire part-time education proposals remain a threat, says EIS

Responding to today’s statement from Renfrewshire Council regarding their proposals for part-time education in primary schools, EIS General Secretary Ronnie Smith said:

"The parents and teachers of Renfrewshire will not be fooled by the Council’s repackaging of their proposals in a belated attempt to make them appear more attractive. 

"The fact remains that Renfrewshire Council is proposing a cut of 2.5 hours in the primary school teaching week, which will lead to a diminution in the educational experience of primary pupils.”

"Far from listening to the collective views of parents and teachers, Renfrewshire Council is now actually seeking to widen the scope of their proposals to include every primary school in the area. 

"The end result of this would be a loss of 2.5 hours of teaching time for every single primary pupil in Renfrewshire, and an erosion in the quality of learning experience for every individual child.”

"Despite the growing criticism of their ill-thought out proposals from parents, teachers and prominent education policy makers throughout Scotland, Renfrewshire Council seems determined to head alone down the path of part-time education for all primary children.”

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