The Herald reports that a secondary school teacher has written a damning open letter to Nicola Sturgeon, warning that Scotland‘s curriculum is “utterly failing the children in our care”. Dunfermline High School biology teacher Mark Wilson’s urged the First Minister to “save our education system”.
He also warns of an “unprecedented decline in the organisation and standard of Scottish education” over the six years since the controversial Curriculum for Excellence was launched, adding: “The system as it stands is not fit for purpose.
Mr Wilson, who has been a teacher for 16 years, is a former SNP member and ‘Yes’ voter. Since posting the letter on his blog, it has been viewed by more than 12,000 people and shared hundreds of times on social media.
Scottish Conservative shadow secretary for education, Liz Smith, said the letter shows the extent of concern over the delivery of the Curriculum for Excellence. “This letter is a serious warning to the SNP. After months of dithering they need to act,” she added.
“The Scottish Conservatives have been arguing for some time that the Curriculum for Excellence needs proper direction, clear purpose and much more focus of basic literacy and numeracy and core subjects which are so important to the job opportunities of all our young people.”
Scottish Labour‘s education spokesman Iain Gray said: “It was less than two weeks ago that Nicola Sturgeon launched her Programme for Government claiming that education was her top priority. Yet again, that claim lies in pieces.”
The latest Pisa results show there are 14 countries rated better than Scotland in mathematics, 13 in reading and 12 in science. In 2006, those ranked higher were nine, six and six respectively.
In his letter, Mr Wilson says the current conditions teachers are labouring under are so gruelling that they are starting to “hate, dread, stress over and now depart a role we loved so much”.
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