Fife Council has cut £1.3 million from the schools’ budget for 2018-19 and plans further reductions next year.
Eight parent councils, including those representing Madras College and Bell Baxter, have taken the unprecedented step of issuing a joint statement in response to the dramatic reductions imposed by Fife Council, amid fears they will have a fundamental impact on all secondary schools in the region.
A cut in the length of the school day, fewer guidance teachers, fewer promoted teachers, larger class sizes and plans to shelve “uneconomic” subjects at some levels have all been proposed by headteachers in an effort to balance the books.
In their joint statement, the parent councils state: “These budget cuts will materially damage the educational outcomes for all our young people, creating larger, more expensive problems for the future with an ill-equipped workforce with lesmental resilience. We would like to know how these false economies are justified by our elected representatives in Fife Council.”