I am stunned to learn that Central First School in Ashington has gone from teaching students in buses to making use of converted toilets and cupboards.
Our children deserve to be taught in fit for purpose classrooms, they simply should not be taught in buses – or worse toilets. Again, I credit this school for finding ways to make the most of what they have available to them, but the point is they should not have to. Our population is constantly rising, so the long running school places shortage may go from extremely serious to the point where it could be causing significant issues for an entire generation of students in this country.
Labour and the Conservatives have combined to drive the education system in this country into the ground and as a former teacher I hate to learn about children’s education being impacted so recklessly. We need to get a grip on this issue, which has been allowed to fester for years with nothing being done to seriously address it.
We have seen governments aiming to build “cathedrals of learning,” spend millions of pounds on beautiful buildings and grounds, hiring armies of middle managers and investing in unnecessary technology. What schools need is more classroom space and more teachers – and that needs to be the main priority from now on. Don’t push for this because it’s what UKIP want, push for it for your children’s sake.
Jonathan Arnott MEP
UKIP, North East