MSPs are busy debating the Scottish Government’s latest Programme for Government, which sets out what the SNP administration aims to achieve in 2015/16.
Education has bagged most of the headlines, with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announcing a new system of national testing for Scotland’s primary schools.
The nationalists first came to power – in the form a minority government – more than eight years ago.
Surely that’s plenty of time to have made good on all the promises the party made to voters before the 2007 Scottish Parliament election? Not quite everything.
While a range of targets, including delivering 1,000 more police officers and 30,000 affordable homes, have been achieved, the SNP has failed to meet several of its key historic pledges.
The SNP’s 2007 manifesto contained commitments to cut class sizes and maintain teacher numbers – promises long since abandoned.
The number of school-based teachers in Scotland has actually fallen year-on-year since 2007: (more…)