Teacher education was left reeling this week as the Scottish government prepared to slash an unprecedented #163;9 million from spending. Full details have not yet been revealed, but The TESS understands that primary students will bear the brunt next session with a 70 per cent reduction in the one-year postgraduate course and a 40 per cent cut in the four-year B.Ed. Numbers entering the one-year secondary postgraduate course will fall by 12 per cent.
One dean told his staff it was "difficult to know how we will sustain capacity". But Fiona Hyslop, Education Secretary, has pledged to work closely with the Teacher Education Institute and local authorities "to preserve capacity so we can ensure they will still be able to train the teachers we need in future years".
The crisis is a consequence of the draft budget proposals for 201011 announced by John Swinney, Finance Secretary, last week, which are still subject to parliamentary approval. They reflect the severest squeeze on government spending since devolution. NM.