The startling number of teachers in West Lothian having to take time off work due to stress has been revealed by Scottish Labour amid the staffing crisis in our classrooms deepening.

Between 2015/16 and 2017/18, the number of stress-led staff absences has surged by 3.5 per cent across Scotland, meaning that the equivalent of 11,181 work days have been lost.

Workloads are increasing after the number of teachers across Scotland fell dramatically by 3,500 since the SNP came to power, with a £400million cut to schools since 2010.

Neil Findlay MSP said:

“Teachers in West Lothian are under increased stress as the staffing crisis in our schools takes its toll.

“Since 2007 the number of teachers has fallen across Scotland by more than 3,500 under the SNP whilst school budgets have been slashed by £400 million, heaping pressure on the teaching profession.

“Now we know over 11,000 work days have been lost due to the rising stress levels in class rooms in our area.

“The SNP Education Secretary looks set to cause the first teacher strike in years due to his refusal to give our hardworking teachers a fair pay rise.

“It’s time for the SNP to listen to Labour and start investing in our teachers.”

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