Blind pupils at centre of teachers row
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