Student numbers continue to slump under the SNP Government

The new release of the SFC Statistical Publication showing 2016-16 College statistics has shown only a rise of 339 students since last year.

Even though there was a tiny rise in students there was a massive drop of enrolments - down by 15,960. This means that roughly the same amount of students as last year have actually enrolled in 15,960 fewer courses than last year.

The publication also shows that there are 150,000 fewer students since the SNP came to power.

Scottish Conservative shadow education secretary Liz Smith said:

“Colleges play a pivotal role in our education system, so it’s deeply concerning that student numbers have dropped to this level.

“Each year colleges help prepare thousands of people for the world of work by giving them the skills they need to get on in life, yet the SNP have chosen to implement huge cuts to the sector.

“Even places in part-time courses have dropped by over half, which will be a huge blow to those trying to balance work and study.

“The SNP’s record on education since they came to power is shameful, and they need to reverse their draconian cuts to college funding as soon as possible.

“Scotland’s colleges are among the best in Britain at equipping our youth with the necessary skills to succeed, and we have to support them.”
SNP MSP Mark McDonald quits SNP in Sleaze Investigation
  • Alfie Baron

Aberdeen Donside MSP Mark McDonald has quit the Scottish National Party (SNP).

His resignations follows allegations of misconduct against at least two women.

McDonald resigned from the SNP with immediate effect - but will remain as an Independent MSP.