Parents ‘paying for hard-up schools’
PARENTS and teachers have been forced to buy basic school resources out of their own pockets, MSPs claimed yesterday.
They said more must be done to tackle financial and gender inequality in Scotland’s schools.
In a report by Holyrood’s education and skills committee, MSPs warned that stretched finances have led to parents and teachers being forced to pay for basic resources and activities.
The document, published today, states: ‘The committee is concerned at anecdotal evidence that some school staff are paying for resources and parents are often called upon to fund and support activities.’ The committee’s convener, Nationalist MSP Clare Adamson, has called on the Scottish Government to study how effective measures to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) have been.
The report, discussing gender inequality in the take-up of STEM subjects, found an ‘early learning’ approach is needed to counter early stereotypes. And while highlighting some positive work in promoting scientific learning, the report made 22 recommendations for improvements.