Classroom assistant hours saved

CUTS to classroom assistant hours in Galloway have been shelved after a paper on the subject was withdrawn before it was due to be discussed by the council’s education committee.

A spokesperson from Dumfries and Galloway Council said: “Colin Grant, Director of Education has decided to withdraw the paper regarding classroom assistants scheduled for consideration by Education Committee. Mr Grant has taken full responsibility for a misunderstanding around council procedures. He intends to advise the political groups on the implications over the coming month.”

The Labour Group on the council have welcomed the decision. Labour Group Leader Cllr Ronnie Nicholson said: “It was totally unacceptable that just weeks after the Tory led councils plans to slash classroom assistants was rejected, they tried to bring this proposal in through the back door. Local families will be appalled that even before the ink is dry on the Tory budget to slash teachers next year, their obsession with cuts in our schools is continuing with this unnecessary proposal. I am pleased that Labour pressure has forced the withdrawal of this report as it was totally misleading for the officials of the council to claim councillors asked for this proposal to come to Education Committee. It was only the Tories and Lib Dems that wanted to embark on over £300,000 of cuts to classroom assistants jobs.”