Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

Carson seeks urgent answers on subject choice

Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson is seeking urgent answers over limited subject choice in Dumfries and Galloway.

The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP has written to the council’s Head of Education Gillian Brydson after Freedom of Information Requests revealed how subject choice has become more limited in schools in the region.

The findings by Reform Scotland show that in 2016, all schools in Dumfries and Galloway offered pupils the chance to sit eight exams, but now no schools in the region offer pupils that amount of subjects.

Mr Carson is keen to find out the reasons why this decision was taken and also says the SNP Government’s school reforms are having a detrimental effect on students.

Commenting Finlay Carson MSP said: “It is extremely concerning that in just three years we have gone from a situation where all schools offered eight subjects to pupils and now none are offering this wide range of subjects.

“This is hugely detrimental to pupils future prospects, in terms of further education and the world of work and limits what they learn during their time at school.

“The SNP Government and Nicola Sturgeon often talk about education being their number one priority, but the reality is that their school reforms are leaving many pupils leaving school having studied fewer subjects than their predecessors.

“Our youngsters have so much potential but we need to harness this in the right way through our education system.

“I have written to education bosses at Dumfries and Galloway Council urgently seeking answers as to why this decision has had to be taken, in order to seek reassurances for pupils, parents and staff.

“Rural pupils must not be left at risk of a postcode lottery when it comes to a subject choice and it is time the SNP backed their warm words on education with proper action.”