Investing in the future of our children must be a priority of this Government
The government’s priority must be to invest in the future for our children.
In Scotland we are proud to have fantastic schools and colleges and some of the world’s top universities.
Whenever I get to visit schools in the constituency, I always leave impressed by the dedication, care and support of teachers and staff.
Making sure the government delivers on education for pupils and parents has always been a priority of mine.
Two weeks ago, the Rutherglen Reformer revealed how college students in Rutherglen were forced to launch a petition because their course was being discontinued.
Abbie Johnstone and Hannah Lennox, drama students at Glasgow Kelvin College, faced cuts to their route into a BA degree with no time left to apply elsewhere.
I hear stories like Abbie’s and Hannah’s all too often as an MSP, from a lack of places to students having to drop out because they can’t get the support they need.
The SNP’s report card on colleges isn’t one to be proud of.
Figures released by Kezia Dugdale at First Minister’s questions show that since the SNP took office in 2007, student bursaries and support grants have been slashed by £40 million and student debt has doubled. There are 140,000 fewer college places and staffing levels are down.
Students across Scotland are getting the grades they need to become doctors, nurses and engineers, but they are being forced to borrow more and more just to keep going.
Labour has a bold plan for Scotland’s education system: we pledge to increase the top rate of income tax when the powers are devolved, to increase college funding.
I hope the SNP will support it – it’s the right thing to do for our young people. Exam time
Local mums and dads will have had a nail-biting few weeks as pupils across Rutherglen and Cambuslang sat their National 4/5, Higher and Advanced Highers. And as soon as the exams are over, the countdown begins until the results come out
Visit James Kelly MSP with apprentices and mechanics, alongside Paul Bryceland, service manager at Rutherglen Ford Fiat (right) and Ian Taylor group operations manager and head of automotive at GTG Training (left)