Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

Carson challenges SNP Education Secretary on subject choice



Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has challenged SNP education secretary John Swinney MSP over a reduction in subject choice across the region.

The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP used education portfolio questions to raise the concerns of local pupils and teachers over a reduction in subject choice.

Mr Carson who has already highlighted the fact that some schools in Dumfries and Galloway are no longer offering eight subjects to S4 pupils, also raised the issue of different levels of study level being taught in the same classroom.

The SNP Education Secretary was unable to outline to Mr Carson how many schools this issue was affecting in his constituency.

Mr Carson also hit out at SNP South of Scotland MSP Emma Harper for her failure to acknowledgement the growing concerns around subject choice expressed by pupils, parents, and teachers

Commenting Finlay Carson MSP said: “The reduction in subject choice in our schools is of real concern to pupils, parents and teachers alike in Dumfries and Galloway.

“Not being able to study the subjects of their choice as in previous years is detrimental to the future prospects of many of our youngsters.

“This problem is exacerbated in rural schools and communities with constrained resources.

“This often leads to children at different levels learning in the same classroom, something which the SNP Education Secretary was unable to answer me on.

“I was also dismayed at the continued rosy picture painted by SNP South of Scotland MSP Emma Harper in response to my question.

“Instead of taking up the concerns raised by local pupils and teachers, she used her Parliamentary time to absolve the SNP Government of any blame which is all too typical of her attitude when it comes her Government’s record of failure across Galloway and West Dumfries.”