Teachers wrangle with SNP

By Cameron Brooks

Published: 12/12/2013

Scotland’s largest teaching union clashed with SNP ministers yesterday after new figures revealed a drop in staff numbers.

The Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) said it was disappointed that official statistics showed teacher numbers in state schools fell from 51,253 in 2012 to 51,078 this year.

EIS general secretary Larry Flanagan criticised both the Scottish Government and local councils for failing to maintain staff numbers in line with pupil rolls as promised.

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