Education is going backwards under the SNP
Today a global survey called PISA has produced their results showing Scottish education going backwards.
What is PISA?
The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a global survey carried out every three years evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students.
Students are tested in reading, mathematics and science.
How did Scotland do?
Since the SNP came to power Scottish performance has been declining.
In 15 years we’ve gone from 6th in the international league tables in reading to 23rd.
We’ve gone from 9th in Maths in 2003 to 24th now.
And from 10th in Science to 19th since 2006.
Here's the full table
Why has it become so bad under the SNP?
Since the SNP came to power in 2007 they have slashed funding for our schools, with 4,000 fewer teachers and an 18% cut in support staff.
In STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and maths – teacher numbers are plummeting.
What would Labour do differently?
Labour would use the new powers of the Scottish Parliament to invest in education and stop the cuts. We would set a 50p top rate of tax for those earning over £150,000 a year and invest that in cutting the gap between the richest and the rest in our schools.
Next week the SNP will introduce the Scottish budget, we’ll table amendments to the budget so we use the new powers of the parliament to stop the cuts to our schools.
The SNP face a choice – they can work with the Tories to push through yet more painful cuts, or they can work with Labour to invest in our schools.
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