Blind pupils at cen­tre of teach­ers row

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BY ANDY PHILIP THE num­ber of vis­ually im­paired pupils in Scot­land has more than dou­bled in re­cent years – but there are now fewer spe­cial­ist teach­ers.

There were 4331 pupils with vi­sion im­pair­ment last year – up from 2005 in 2010.

Spe­cial­ist teacher num­bers fell from 88 in 2012 to 65 in 2016, fig­ures re­vealed in the Times Ed­u­ca­tional Sup­ple­ment show.

Labour ed­u­ca­tion spokesman Iain Gray said the sit­u­a­tion was “shame­ful”.

But a spokesman for the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment said: “This claim misses the key point that vis­ually im­paired pupils are over­whelm­ingly taught in main­stream schools – not in spe­cial schools, as hap­pened in pre­vi­ous eras.”

‘SHAME­FUL’ Iain Gray

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