Plunge in num­ber of teach­ers at sec­ondary schools.

Schools: Fig­ures show there are 428 fewer teach­ers than a decade ago

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - Gareth Mcpher­son po­lit­i­cal edi­tor

There are 428 fewer teach­ers in Tay­side and Fife’s sec­ondary schools than a decade ago, of­fi­cial fig­ures show.

In Dundee, the num­ber of sec­ondary teach­ers at state-funded schools has fallen by 24% since 2007 – the big­gest drop in main­land Scot­land.

The To­ries say Dundee is suf­fer­ing from the SNP’S blan­ket ap­proach to teacher re­cruit­ment.

Ed­u­ca­tion chiefs in the city said the clo­sure of Men­zieshill High School is among the rea­sons for the drop.

The num­ber of teach­ers in Tay­side and Fife has fallen from 3,791 in 2007 to 3,363 last year, ac­cord­ing to new Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment fig­ures.

The steep­est drop in main­land Scot­land was in the City of Dis­cov­ery, where num­bers fell from 805 to 608 over that pe­riod.

Bill Bowman, for the Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tives, said the SNP is do­ing noth­ing to tackle the spe­cific re­cruit­ment chal­lenges in Dundee.

“Scot­land once had an ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem that was the envy of the world, and it has suf­fered blow af­ter blow in the SNP’S hands. Dundee is one of the places suf­fer­ing as a re­sult,” he said.

A Dundee City Coun­cil spokesman said: “These lat­est fig­ures re­flect ma­jor changes within the school en­vi­ron­ment in the city, in par­tic­u­lar the clo­sure of Men­zieshill High School and the in­creased ac­tiv­ity be­ing de­liv­ered through the At­tain­ment Chal­lenge.

“As with coun­cils across the coun­try, this has been a chal­leng­ing time for teacher re­cruit­ment. The chil­dren and fam­i­lies ser­vice closely mon­i­tors teacher num­bers in all the city’s schools and makes ev­ery ef­fort to re­cruit can­di­dates to fill these va­cant posts.”

A spokes­woman for the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment said: “The fact is there are more sec­ondary teach­ers in Scot­land than at any time since 2014.

“What is more, the ra­tio of pupils to teach­ers is at its low­est since 2010 and in Dundee, is well be­low the Scot­tish av­er­age.”


Pic­ture: Getty.

The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment has been ac­cused of fail­ing schools.

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