Parents across Scotland are being let down by a lack of school inspectors, the Scottish Conservatives said today.
New figures released in a parliamentary written answer show there are only 66 school inspectors employed across Scotland.
This is compared to 80 who were employed when the SNP first came to power.
Previously it was revealed that fewer than six per cent of Scotland’s primaries and secondaries were inspected last year, meaning thousands of children will go through their full education career without their school ever being assessed.
And just 137 of the country’s 2543 schools were inspected last year, with no plans to significantly increase that in 2015/16.
The Scottish Conservatives are calling on the Scottish Government to ensure that there are sufficient inspectors on the job to undertake more regular inspections to provide parents with adequate updates on the progress made by their children's school.
Scottish Conservative young people spokeswoman Liz Smith said:
“The SNP are letting down parents badly. Not only do we have a decrease in school inspections but we also find that the number of inspectors is falling.
“Everyone knows that many inspectors have found themselves seconded to do other work in schools during the development stage of Curriculum for Excellence and this has put unacceptable pressure on the inspection programme. This is not good enough and parents across Scotland deserve better.
“Inspections are vitally important because they provide parents with the necessary information to make informed decisions about where to send their children to school. It is therefore essential that there are sufficient inspectors on the job.
"It is also important to re-establish an independent inspectorate, outwith the arms of the Scottish Government, so parents know that when their school is assessed, it is done so entirely separately from those who set the policy.”
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