Several wrongs add up to a write

5th October 2018 at 00:00

Letter writing may be a dying art, but there’s still life left in it, even in the digital age. That much was proven by “A Scottish Teacher” who wrote an open letter detailing their frustrations with the education system that went viral online. The note, which was addressed to deputy first minister and education secretary John Swinney, was sent to and shared by Radio Forth.

In it, the primary teacher says “I love my job”, but felt compelled to write about “why so many teachers currently want to leave our profession”.

The writer has “felt a growing sense of concern over the last three or four years that the job I love is becoming increasingly impossible to do effectively, for various reasons”. These include pay, the “drastically underfunded” inclusion policy and a culture in which “blame is being laid at the feet of teachers”.

The letter adds: “One of the most concerning and frustrating issues with the state of the education system is the inability to be able to speak out about the problems we face.”

In a response to the radio station, Mr Swinney said: “Education is our number-one priority and I recognise the pressures and challenges facing teachers, such as those highlighted by this individual’s experiences. That is why we have taken action to reduce teacher workloads, clarifying and simplifying the curriculum framework and removing unnecessary bureaucracy.”

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