State education in Scotland is no longer free with many pupils “missing out” on key subjects because of the costs they face, MSPs have been told.
Families are even running up debts with schools as they defer payments for course materials, equipment and school trips.
Scotland’s biggest teaching union has now called on the Scottish Government and councils to address the issue amid fears it undermines the principle of “equal opportunity for all” in Scotland’s schools.
There are also fears it could undermine the flagship Scottish Government ambition to drive down the attainment gap between deprived and affluent areas of Scotland.
The government last night said it was “not acceptable” to charge for core education needs.
It came as fresh research showed a “postcode lottery” in the Scottish school system as areas with similar deprivation levels see a major gulf in the achievement levels of pupils.
Holyrood’s education committee was told yesterday that many pupils are discouraged from choosing some subjects for further study amid concerns over the potential costs.
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