SNP fail to vote for free school meals and increasing teacher numbers

The SNP have lost a vote in Parliament calling on them to deliver free breakfast and lunches to all primary school pupils from next year.

They also failed to support Scottish Conservative proposals to deliver thousands more teachers in Scotland’s schools.

Leading a debate on education, the Scottish Conservatives motion called for more teachers and free schools meals to be implemented as soon as possible.

MSPs across the chamber backed the motion by 59 votes to 4 with SNP MSPs not supporting it.

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross proposed free breakfast and lunches for all primary school pupils in his schools plan from September.

 

Scottish Conservative shadow education spokesman Jamie Greene MSP said: “This vote was a chance for the SNP to do the right thing and give their backing for free schools meals to start next year. Instead they played party politics and refused to start this policy as soon as possible.

“Other opposition parties backed the Scottish Conservative motion to bring forward the free school meals pledge and increase teacher numbers, yet the SNP failed to do so.

“Throughout this pandemic and their 13 years in charge of education, the SNP have continually let down our pupils and teachers. They had a chance to start to fix that and refused.

“This is now the second time in a month the SNP has lost a vote on schools in Parliament. MSPs have spoken clearly once again. The SNP must now respect the will of Parliament and start restoring Scotland’s once world-leading education system.”

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