Teacher short­age is harm­ing pupils

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - AGENDA -

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

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