Aberdeen falling behind in literacy and numeracy


Government figures released today show that the percentage of pupils in Aberdeen City  achieving expected levels in literacy and numeracy are at least ten percent below the national average.

 

The Scottish Government came under sustained fire today after statistics show deteriorating levels of reading, writing, numeracy and listening & talking skills in schools across the country.  

 

North East MSP Mike Rumbles said: “These figures show that almost a third of children in our schools in Aberdeen are failing to meet the required level literacy and numeracy.  

 

“The system, under this inept SNP Government, has utterly failed thousands of children across the North East. What is worse is that they have refused to acknowledge that their incompetence could leave a generation of children without the skills they need to get on in life.

 

“They promised class sizes would shrink and attainment would increase. Needless to say, that is two more promises that this shambles of a government have not delivered. After ten years in power, it’s time they took responsibility for our education system instead of cutting the resources available to it.”

 

ENDS

 

Notes for editors:

 

 

  • The averages for Scotland (in percentages) are:

 

 

Reading:

 

Writing

 

Listening and Talking

 

Numeracy

 

P1

81%

 

78%

 

85%

 

84%

 

P4

75%

 

69%

 

81%

 

73%

 

P7

72%

 

65%

 

77%

 

68%

 

S3

86%

 

84%

 

87%

 

86%

 

 

 

 

Reading

Writing

Listening & Talking

Numeracy

 

P1

P4

P7

S3

P1

P4

P7

S3

P1

P4

P7

S3

P1

P4

P7

S3

Aberdeen City

65%

60%

57%

71%

64

52

49

67

71

64

64

69

71

57

58

83

Aberdeenshire

80

71

64

86

79

67

55

86

83

78

73

89

83

69

58

88

Angus

84

83

84

98

83

79

81

98

88

89

89

98

87

82

80

96

Dundee

78

71

61

88

70

62

51

87

83

78

66

88

78

66

49

79


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