Par­ents ‘pay­ing for hard-up schools’

Scottish Daily Mail - - The Brexmas Election -

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.

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