Highland Lib Dem candidate for Inverness and Nairn, Carolyn Caddick, has condemned the SNP Governments decision to delay the publication of a national survey showing numeracy and literacy levels in Scotland until after the Holyrood Elections.
Over the past five years the results of the Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy have been published in March or April. But this year, despite the survey taking place last May as usual, the results of the survey will not be published until 31 May.
Although there are some restrictions on government announcements during the pre-election period, official statistics releases have continued to be published. Just this week data on the latest rent prices for agricultural land appeared on the Scottish Government’s website.
Inverness Councillor and candidate Carolyn Caddick said: "The last two annual surveys have shown overall literacy and numeracy standards are slipping and the attainment gap is widening. Now the SNP Government have delayed the publication of this year’s figures for no good reason.
“Scotland has always been recognised as a world leader in education, but lately we have significantly dropped down the international rankings – that is simply not good enough.
“I want our schools in the Highlands and across Scotland to be the best again. But after almost a decade of being in government the SNP have taken their eye off the ball.
“With a penny on the pound, we will raise the £500 million needed to get our education system on track - and give our youngsters a brighter future than the one the SNP have failed to deliver.”
Notes to editors:
The publication dates of the results of the Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy can be found below. The latest the stats have been published previously are 30 April.
2011 numeracy survey - published March 2012 (took place in May 2011)
2012 literacy survey- published April 2013 (took place in May 2012)
2013 numeracy survey - published April 2014 (took place in May 2013)
2014 literacy survey - published April 2015 (took place in May 2014)
2015 numeracy survey - published 31 May 2016 (took place in May 2015)