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Science Lessons in Schools Oral Question, 29/01/15 [S]

During First Ministers Question Time on 29 January 2015 Mark Griffin (Lab) asked the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s response is to reports that science lessons in schools are being underfunded by £8 million per year.

The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon replied, that the Scottish Government continue to see a strong picture on science in our schools, with increased higher entries across the three main science subjects since 2006 and pass rates remaining high.

We do not agree that school science is underfunded. The report of the learned societies group on Scottish science education considered approximately 2 per cent of primary schools and 13 per cent of secondary schools and indicates itself that the findings should be treated with some caution. Indeed, that is borne out by looking at international comparisons, in which Scotland is above the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development average as measured by the programme for international student assessment rankings..

For the full answer to this and other questions see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 29 January 2015 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 29 January 2015