MP drafted in to review education standards

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AREA MP and former school head teacher, Lindsay Roy, is to head up a review of education in Fife.

The review has been launched by the Kingdom’s Labour group, which claims Fife Council is managing the provision in a ‘short term’ style.

Labour education spokesman, Councillor Kay Morrison, pictured with Mr Roy, said: “We have seen good improvement within our schools which is down to a long period of sustained investment and the hard work of the staff, pupils and parents.

“However, it is still not good enough that a significant number of Fife school leavers don’t have the basic skills and qualifications to equip them well for the world of work beyond school.”

It’s claimed the review will focus initially on education investment priorities and will continue into the new council after May, to examine issues and experiences in pre-school, primary, secondary, further and higher education.

Figures released in December showed that, within secondary schools across Fife, achievement levels were mixed with a significant number of schools showing a downward trend in many aspects of exam performance.

Mr Roy said: “I know teachers and all staff in our schools are working at full stretch and the last thing they need is more damaging cuts to the schools budgets.

“I therefore want Labour to prioritise protecting school budgets and I am of the view they can do this by cutting back on some of the management and administrative support that makes up a substantial part of the overall education budget.”