‘Skint’ schools need ‘cold hard cash’

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS | POLITICS -

Scot­tish Labour leader Kezia Dug­dale de­manded the SNP in­vests in “skint” schools fol­low­ing £1.2bn of cuts over seven years.

At First Min­is­ter’s Ques­tions, she said head teach­ers need “cold, hard cash” not re­forms that would make Margaret Thatcher “proud”.

“Why can the First Min­is­ter not see that the real prob­lem in our ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem is that our schools are skint?”

There has been a 7.1% re­duc­tion in core fund­ing spend per pupil since 2010, ac­cord­ing to the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment In­for­ma­tion Ser­vice.

Nicola Stur­geon said Ms Dug­dale is “down­right wrong” about school fund­ing by not in­clud­ing the £750m at­tain­ment fund, which is de­signed to in­crease the per­for­mance of those from less ad­van­taged homes.

“This Gov­ern­ment is tak­ing tough ac­tion to re­form our ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem, to get more pow­ers into the hands of head teach­ers and teach­ers and to get more re­sources into their hands.”

Ms Dug­dale wants in­vest­ment.

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