Tories spell out concerns

TORIES today said concerns voiced by foreign diplomats over the sharp decline in foreign language assistants coming to teach in Scotland’s schools should act as a wake-up call to the SNP government.

Consul Generals in Edinburgh from France, Germany, Spain, Italy and China have highlighted the 80 per cent decline over the past six years.

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Scottish Conservative education spokeswoman Liz Smith MSP said: “There are now just 59 FLAs in Scotland’s schools, down from 284 in 2005. These worrying statistics reflect a more widespread concern.

“This plea for action needs to be heeded to protect and promote Scotland’s role in the world.”