Scotland has a teacher shortage of 700. This paucity of teachers is caused by several factors. Teachers are blackguarded by politicians and they are subjected to bogus allegations of paedophilia. They are underpaid and overworked with pointless bureaucracy. Immigration also means there are more children who need education.
It is absolutely right that immigrant are given a free education. This necessarily puts strain on the school system. This does not make immigrant parents or children bad at all.
However, we must face the fact that the more people who move in the more teachers are needed. There are several reasons for the shortfall in teachers but immigration is one that few people will talk about. Immigrants do not take away teachers – they cause the need for more.
Some immigrants are teachers and thus help to solve the problem. This is why we need selective immigration.
The 700 teacher shortage in Caledonia is more acute than the figure makes it appear. In English and History there is an oversupply. In Maths, Chemistry and Physics the paucity is severe. The situation is aggravating all the time. Having too many Geography teachers does not compensate for the shortfall of IT teachers. This is why a candid discussion of immigration is needed.