Well, here are a few facts that make a complete mockery of what's just happened:
- class sizes in Edinburgh are higher than the national average and currently the second highest in Scotland
- the average class size in Edinburgh is currently just under 25, with the national average being 23 --- this makes the capital second highest in Scotland next to Glasgow
- after last weeks events, Edinburgh will surely soon have the largest class sizes in Scotland?
- the Council are thus badly failing to meet the national targets of reducing class sizes in P1-P3, and actually now have fewer pupils in classes of 18 or less than last year
- only 6.5 per cent of P1-3 pupils are currently in classes of 18 or less, which has decreased from 8.6 per cent last year
- that's a long, long way from 100%, and not even anywhere near the downgraded target of 20% that was being touted a few weeks ago
- the pupil teacher ratio has also risen in the past year, while the number of teachers employed in Edinburgh schools has fallen
- the number of teachers has dropped from 3,475 to 3,361
- that ratio can surely only get worse with the closure of four primary schools now on the horizon?
Yet more proof, if ever it were needed, that this whole fiasco had nothing whatsoever to do with educational benefit and everything to do with simply trying to save some money.