VOTERS blame Nicola Sturgeon's SNP Government for a dramatic collapse in standards in Scottish schools, an exclusive new poll has revealed.
Record cuts to teachers and support staff, a significant increase in class sizes and a raft of failings within the Curriculum for Excellence have all contributed to the education crisis, according to the survey.
The findings come as ministers are under increasing pressure over the country's rotten education results, with the latest figures showing a drop in reading and writing performance.
Scots schools have also recorded their worst ever performance in a global study while Education Secretary John Swinney has admitted that cuts to teacher numbers had gone "too far".
Against growing anger about the dramatic collapse, Edinburgh-based political campaigner Mev Brown commissioned a survey of 1,016 Scottish voters.
Respected pollster BMG asked 1,016 adults between May 26-29 what they believed were the possible reasons for the falling educational standards in Scotland.
Fifty per cent of people blame poor behaviour and discipline in schools and forty five per cent blame poor parental support and engagement.
Teaching unions have repeatedly said the record cuts to teachers and support staff had led to growing indiscipline in the classroom.
In addition to this, the next four most common reasons given… [click for full story]