was met with a noisy response by members of Scottish Parliament after ignoring a question from Scottish Conservatives leader, over education.

Ruth Davidson asked during First Minister’s Questions: “How bad do things have to get before the SNP will own up to its own mistake?

“We’ve got teachers numbers down, literacy standards slipping, numeracy stagnating and subject choices are falling for our pupils.

“As always, it is the poorest parts of Scotland that suffer the most.

Nicola Sturgeon Ruth Davidson

Nicola Sturgeon causes uproar as she ignores question from Ruth Davidson

So basically the First Minister does not know, let me tell her, the figure is two

Ruth Davidson

“If you go to a school in one of the wealthiest parts of Scotland, you’ve got a 70 per cent chance of being able to choose between 12 and more Advanced Highers.

“First minister, what is the figure for the poorest neighbourhoods?”

An Advanced Higher is a qualification taken by students aged between 16 to 18 year olds, used to simulate the first year of university.

Advanced Highers were introduced to replace the Sixth Year Studies Certificate.

Ms Sturgeon said: “I don’t have the figure in front of me but I can tell Ruth Davidson in terms of what matters. In terms of our poorest pupils getting Advanced Highers as risen by 40 per cent.

“Actually that young people come out of our schools with is what really matters.”

Ms Davidson said: “So basically the First Minister does not know. Let me tell her, the figure is two.

“There are just two schools in the poorest part of Scotland that pupils can choose between 12 or more. In other schools in the area, you don’t get anywhere near.”

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