Education (Subject Choice)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 25th April 2019.

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Photo of Jackson Carlaw Jackson Carlaw Conservative

The evidence suggests that the First Minister is not the first but the last to concede that more needs to be done.

S4 is precisely the stage when pupils should have the opportunity to experience the broadest range of subjects. Scotland was once famed around the world for the breadth of its education; now, curriculum for excellence is narrowing horizons.

It gets worse. Yesterday, we learned that curriculum for excellence is so confusing—added to the fact that there are too few teachers—that pupils at different levels are being taught together, not just at national 4 and 5 level, but at higher level. In consequence, a 14-year-old and even an 18-year-old could be being taught in the same classroom. I do not think that that is appropriate. Does the First Minister?