SNP MSP Joan McAlpine has challenged her political opponents across Dumfries & Galloway to back the Scottish Government’s plans to invest over £8 billion in Scotland’s education system.
Announcing his draft budget proposals in the Scottish Parliament last month, Finance Secretary Derek Mackay MSP outlined plans to commit £180 million for raising attainment in schools, including £120 delivered directly to head teachers – helping schools address the poverty related attainment gap and helping children overcome barriers.
This funding is to be spent at the discretion of headteachers, enabling them to secure the additional staffing or resources they need to support pupils affected by poverty and boost attainment levels.
MSPs will vote on the Finance Secretary’s draft budget proposals next month.
Commenting, South Scotland MSP, Joan McAlpine said:
“The SNP recognise that every child, regardless of their background, should have the same opportunities and chances to succeed.
“With education the Scottish Government’s number one priority, this £180 million investment, including £120 million direct to headteachers, will help close the attainment gap here in Dumfries & Galloway and ensure no child is left behind.
“I hope local politicians from all parties will get behind the Finance Secretary’s plans and secure this substantial investment for schools throughout the region.”
Statement on Education from Scottish Government
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