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Scottish Science Education Report Debate, 21/01/15 [S]

Debate in the Scottish Parliament on 21 January 2015 on learned societies group on Scottish science education report. The debate was opened by Iain Gray (Lab).

The motion was debated without any question being put:

That the Parliament notes with concern a recent survey, which was published by the Learned Societies Group on Scottish Science Education and supported by The Royal Society of Edinburgh, suggesting that 98% of primary and secondary schools depended on external funding for practical work, including from parents and teachers, that 45% of primaries reported having no access to safety equipment and that spending per head on pupils studying science in Scotland is around two thirds of the equivalent spending in England; is concerned that schools might be put off encouraging pupils to take science subjects at National 5 if sitting those exams is perceived to have an adverse impact on pass rates; acknowledges what it sees as the seriousness of these problems, given that some reports have stated that, by 2030, over seven million jobs in the UK will depend on science skills and that, therefore, the science graduates that Scotlandís economy will rely on are already at school and being introduced to the subject; welcomes the Royal Society of Chemistryís recommendations on improving science learning in school through access to teaching specialists; further recognises what it believes is the important role that local science societies, such as the Dunbar Science Festival in East Lothian, and festivals play in making extracurricular science learning available, and understands with disappointment that, in 2015-16, science societies and festivals will receive a real-terms cut in funding from the Scottish Government.

For full details see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 21 January 2015 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 21 January 2015