The loss of Lochgelly High School’s only Computing teacher is a shocking indictment of a haphazard process of recruitment by Fife Council that has been at best short sighted and at worst showing not to care about the education of young people.
Computing is a crucial subject for all pupils in the digital era and for no measures to have been put in place to ensure this did not happen is simply not good enough. Recently we have been hearing a lot about the need for rezoning of schools in parts of Fife but next to nothing about staffing issues. What is to be done about this? The Council needs to either transfer staff from another school or look urgently at ways to bus youngsters who are planning to study for Nationals or Highers in Computing to other schools within the area.
This is quite simply unacceptable and raises a number of questions about teacher recruitment in Fife. None of this is of course helped by the fact that there are now 4,000 less teachers since the SNP came to power a decade ago. I will be raising this at the Education and Children’s Services Committee which meets next week.
Cllr Kathleen Leslie