Scotland education budget

21st May 1999 at 01:00
The partnership agreement between Labour and the Liberal Democrats which paved the way for Scotland's coalition Government is committed to spending pound;80 million more on education in this and the next two financial years.

The sum includes pound;30 from next April for 1,000 extra teaching posts, pound;21m extra for books and equipment from next April - equivalent to another pound;24 per pupil, pound;6m for part-time adult learners on low incomes and pound;9m over three years on a scheme to encourage pupils from low-income families to stay on.

One radical new initiative is a plan for an education forum to "review and raise standards" beginning with science and modern languages.

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