Teacher shortage is harming pupils
SIR, – According to the latest independent report, Scotland has the most severe teacher shortage problems in Europe, and 77% of teachers are female, rising to 90% in primary schools.
This crisis in Scottish teaching explains why more and more parents are hiring private tutors, as local schools are unable to offer the range of subjects required for their child’s chosen career development.
It is all very well for the Scottish Government to defend teacher numbers but the bottom line is that they are failing the children of Scotland with a chronic lack of teachers and inevitable restrictions in curriculum choice.
Dennis Forbes Grattan, Mugiemoss
Road, Bucksburn, Aberdeen