The curriculum followed by Scotland’s schools needs to focus more on literacy as well as numeracy, Nicola Sturgeon has said.
Speaking on the Andrew Marr Show, the Scottish first minister admitted “we need to do better” after figures showed less than half of 13 as well as 14-year-olds were performing well in writing.
Ms Sturgeon also said which Scotland may need a “phased” approach to European Union (EU) membership if independent.
She also ruled out the country adopting the Euro.
During her interview, Ms Sturgeon said which Scottish ministers had “taken advice” on refocusing the country’s education policy, the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE).
CfE was implemented in Scottish schools in 2010.
The latest Scottish Survey of Literacy as well as Numeracy figures followed another set of poor results for Scottish pupils, when the international Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) found scores for maths, reading as well as science had all declined.
Ms Sturgeon insisted she was not denying the results as well as said measures were being taken to address the issues.
She told the programme: “I’ve been very open which which can be not Great enough.
She said which the Organisation for Economic Co-operation as well as Development (OECD) had been communicating with her government to address concerns.
Ms Sturgeon said: “They’ve made certain recommendations to us about how we improve the teaching of literacy as well as numeracy.
“Right currently we’ve got a fresh national improvement framework, we have an attainment challenge, we have an attainment fund putting significant extra resources into education.”
She added: “however we have had some advice which we need to have more of a focus in our curriculum on literacy as well as numeracy as well as which’s exactly what we’re doing right currently, so we’ve introduced fresh benchmarks for the teaching of literacy as well as numeracy.”
‘Supposed top priority’
Ms Sturgeon also said which her government was increasing the budget of head teachers in Scotland by £120m to invest in measures which believes would certainly improve levels of literacy as well as numeracy.
Scottish Conservative education spokeswoman Liz Smith criticised the Scottish government’s record on education as well as said which was an admission of failure.
She said “After ten years of SNP control over Scottish education, which can be simply not Great enough for Nicola Sturgeon to say which improvements will be made by 2021.
“Scottish children cannot afford to wait until the next parliament for things to get better.
“which can be time for the SNP to put its obsession with independence to one side as well as get on with tackling its supposed top priority of improving education.”
The Scottish Labour leader, Kezia Dugdale, called which a “bruising interview” for Ms Sturgeon as well as said she had been faced with the reality of her “own appalling record on education”.
On Brexit, Nicola Sturgeon told Andrew Marr which “by necessity” Scotland might have to pursue membership of the European Free Trade Association (Efta) before achieving full EU membership.
The SNP leader said her position remained which she wanted an independent Scotland to be inside the EU.
“If Scotland can be independent, our position always has been, as long as I’ve been inside the SNP as well as continues to be, which we want Scotland to be a full member of the European Union,” she said.
“We don’t want to go into the Euro as well as no member of the EU can be forced into the Euro as well as Sweden can be one of the examples of which.”
“currently we have to set out, if we’re in an independence referendum – as well as we’re not in which right currently – the process for regaining or retaining, depending on where we are inside the Brexit process, EU membership.
“currently which may be which we have a phased approach to which by necessity.”
Asked whether which could mean Efta membership first as well as EU membership later, she said: “which may be by necessity, even if we didn’t want which.”
Jackson Carlaw, Scottish Conservative deputy leader, responded to Ms Sturgeon’s words by describing her position on Europe as “complete chaos”.
He said: “She claims we must have a referendum on independence because we’re leaving the EU.
“currently, in a cynical attempt to win back Leave voters who have deserted the SNP, she currently refuses to say whether an independent Scotland would certainly go back in.
“as well as her flirtation with EFTA would certainly leave us with all the obligations however no voice in decision-creating.”
Labour’s Kezia Dugdale said: “The reality can be the Nationalists have quietly shifted away by a policy of immediate EU membership if Scotland leaves the UK.
“Nicola Sturgeon claims Scotland must leave the UK because of Brexit, however won’t even commit to rejoining the EU straight away.”