Nicola Sturgeon often says that she wishes to be judged as first minister on her government's record in education. She cares passionately about trying to close the attainment gap which sees pupils from better off homes performing better in school than children from more deprived backgrounds. But nearly three years after she became first minister, standards in Scottish schools have been judged by international measures to be slipping in reading, writing and maths. Her political opponents say she should be embarrassed by her record. On 5 September she said that education is the ‘defining mission’ of her government.
Scotland: education gapWritten by David Fletcher 08 Sep 2017
- Pray: for deputy first minister John Swinney, in charge of education reform, to deliver Nicola Sturgeon’s promises. (Zechariah 7:9)
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