Scottish Conservative MSP Liz Smith launched a brutal attack on Ms Sturgeon following news results in maths and science have nose-dived this year. Taking to Twitter, Ms Smith said: “The latest PISA maths and science results are a humiliation for the SNP. “These two areas are so critical to the success of much of Scotland’s modern economy. We should be doing so much better.”
Her followers were quick to comment on the post.
One said: “Maths and science are even more critical for industries like technology, yet nationalists keep saying they want to control the economy.”
Another added: “Absolutely atrocious. Judge me on education said Nicola, let’s hope the voters on 12th December do just that.”
Another added: “It seems the SNP can get away with anything these days, look at the state of our education, health, roads pretty much anything and everything that is not linked to indy is ignored!”
Ms Sturgeon is yet to comment on the result, but re-tweeted a post by the SNP’s John Swinney.
It read: “PISA has its limitations but Scotland’s performance in reading has risen sharply. Just 5 countries are now significantly higher than Scotland. The Scottish Attainment Programme started with an emphasis on literacy – the foundation of so much other learning. That is bearing fruit.”
Her remarks come after a mixed bag of results announced earlier today in Scotland.
The PISA report measures the performance of 600,000 15-year-olds across the globe, which showed Scotland’s performance in reading has proved but maths and science have failed to.
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Wales came close to hitting this in 2015 and remains the only country in the union to fall below the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) national average.
On Sunday night Ms Sturgeon appeared on an ITV debate in the run-up to the general election in nine days’ time.
She locked horns with Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage on a number of issues, with the Brexiteer sending the audience into hysterics when he interrogated her over her relentless quest for Scottish independence.
Responding to the Scottish First Minister, Mr Farage said: “Brexit is going to be a great thing for the country Nicola, it is going to give us independence, I thought you liked independence?
“We are going to be a free nation, catch our own fish.”
Some members of the audience started laughing as the SNP leader snapped back at Mr Farage.
She said: “If Scotland was independent, we wouldn’t be getting dragged out of the European Union against our will.”
Mr Farage quickly replied: “You want to be independent? You can’t be independent and be in the EU”.