Nicola Sturgeon fury: First Minister accused of 'masking SNP failures' in explosive row

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Nicola Sturgeon fury: First Minister accused of 'masking SNP failures' in explosive row

Nicola Sturgeon explained the SNP will be held to account to ensure targets are met in Scottish schools after Conservative Jackson Carlaw questioned whether they will be met. The targets include 68 percent of primary pupils meeting required standards of literacy and 75 percent should meet that for numeracy.

Speaking in Scottish Parliament, Mr Carlaw said: “This week it’s been all too clear what the First Minister’s priority really is and it’s not raising the standard of education in our schools.

“Her Government has set out a range of targets that need to be met to help close the attainment gap between pupils in our wealthiest and poorest communities.

“These include targets that 68 percent of primary pupils from Scotland’s most deprived areas should meet the required standards in literacy by the end of this school year and that 75 percent should meet that numeracy.

“First Minister tell us the most recent figures available, will those targets be met?”

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Ms Sturgeon replied: “Our schools across the country backed by education authorities in our local councils are working with teachers to reach those targets.

“It’s right that we accept stretching and ambitious targets, that is what we have done.

“I think it is wrong to say right now that our schools are not working to meet those targets.

“As I said in my original answer if you look at the situation across the country we have evidence already that points to the improvements in the system if you look at the gaps between those from the most deprived and least deprived.


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