Lecturers from across Scotland will quiz representatives of Scotland’s five main political parties this evening on key issues facing Further & Higher Education in a special F&HE hustings arranged by the EIS.
The online event will feature a question and answer session with representatives of the Scottish Conservatives, the Scottish Greens, Scottish Labour, the Scottish Liberal Democrats, and the Scottish National Party.
The recent national dispute in Further Education, and subsequent agreement, over the protection of the role of lecturers is sure to feature in tonight’s event.
The ongoing dispute at Forth Valley college, over ‘fire and re-hire’ practices and the replacement of lecturers with lower paid posts, will also feature. More widely, the need for enhanced support for Colleges in Universities to support post-Covid recovery will be a key theme.
The EIS published its own Manifesto for Education ahead of the Scottish Parliament elections, highlighting the need to properly support education throughout the recovery and beyond.
In calling for an education led recovery from the impact of the pandemic, the EIS demands from all political parties, commitments to concrete policies and the necessary investment which will restore and build upon the solid foundations of Scotland’s Education system and support progress to a fairer, more equitable and more just Scotland.
The Hustings, to be chaired by EIS-FELA President Charlie Montgomery, will take place on Thursday 29 April from 6.30pm until 8.30pm, and will be streamed live via the EIS Facebook page.