“Scottish Government have provided the resources to ensure that a council tax freeze will have no adverse impact on frontline services.”
Derek McKay, Paisley Daily Express, 28th January 2009.
It seems the more we investigate education cuts the more the SNP’s rhetoric unravels; we now have the truth about falling school numbers, the truth that is; as opposed to what the SNP and the Education Dept. have been telling us. recently Council Leader Derek Mackay over and above his risible quote at the top of the page rather condescendingly suggested that we didn’t understand how teacher numbers worked saying, (I paraphrase) “It’s really quite simple; as pupil numbers decline we require less teachers and Renfrewshire pupil numbers have declined by 1,000 this year compared to last year” this has allowed the SNP led Renfrewshire Council to cut 122 teachers this year.
Oops! I wonder if any of the officers involved in this are ex Maths teachers. You see we now know that the actual number of pupils less than last year is less than half that figure at 430, when I was in school you got the belt for that kind of error, it done me no harm as they say because; I am now confident that the SNP; even if their policy of getting rid of teachers was the right one, which it is not (ask Fyona Hyslop) they have made a huge mess of the figures can we look forward to Derek announcing new teaching jobs? what do you think? As if that wasn’t enough for the hapless Cllr. Mackay and the embarrassed officials; we learn from the latest Govt. Stats. that Renfrewshire now has the worst pupil teacher ratio in secondary schools in Scotland, oh and did I mention that Renfrewshire are second bottom over the whole of Scotland for this ratio in primary schools as well. Take a bow Education Convener Cllr. Cameron SNP and the SNP / Lib. Dem. administration with you and, once you have bowed, keep your heads down in shame.
During the last Labour administration we raised teacher numbers while rolls fell and this administration is cutting them.
“Sufficient funding has been provided to local government to maintain teacher numbers at 2007 levels which, at a time of falling rolls, provides headroom to make progress on reducing class sizes”
Fiona Hyslop SNP Govt. Education Minister.
The above statement was an SNP election lie; it’s not happening and it won’t; in Renfrewshire class sizes are rising rather than falling, another cruel SNP deception. Instead of reducing class sizes to 18 in Primary 1, 2&3 as promised the SNP here are saying that they will reduce P1, 2&3 to 25, they are not even attempting to disguise their contempt for parents, teachers and children they are quite shameful.
“we will cut music tuition by half and no children will be disadvantaged by this”
This is what the SNP / Lib. Dem cabal are saying, it’s not really necessary to analyse the statement too closely it has been put in print by Cllr. Cameron the chief architect of the fiasco that is now Renfrewshire Education as well as Cllrs. McLaren and McCartin it is breathtakingly stupid. They also agree that it is fair enough to half the tuition and keep the cost to the families the same, honestly, check it all for yourselves, I’m not making any of this up, this is the reality of the SNP – remember it in future.
The SNPs pathetic response to criticism of their Government’s failure on class sizes is that it’s councils and not Govt. who decide on class sizes which begs the obvious question, why did you put it in your manifesto then? Was it; as now seems obvious; to lie to people and con them into voting for you? You don’t need to answer that we have all worked it out.