Ambitious, Excellent Schools

Part of Question Time — Scottish Executive — Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:15 pm on 23rd February 2006.

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Photo of Fiona Hyslop Fiona Hyslop Scottish National Party 2:15 pm, 23rd February 2006

Is the minister aware that the withdrawal of advanced highers from pupils in Inverness is a direct response to the failure to support the class contact time reduction that was agreed nationally under the McCrone settlement? Is he aware that, in the same letter from which he has quoted, the explanation of the difficulty with class contact reduction is that

"the allocation of additional resources from the Scottish Executive does not allow us to pass on any additional resources to secondary schools"?

Will the minister look into the issue of the top-slicing of the nationally agreed McCrone settlement to fund reductions of provision elsewhere? Will he ensure that Highland Council and the pupils who are directly affected are not compromised by a failure on the part of the Executive to fund the McCrone settlement fully?