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First minister's questions

The first minister came under pressure from opposition leaders on 3 December 2009 following his demotion of Fiona Hyslop as education secretary.

Scottish Labour leader Iain Gray accused Alex Salmond of misleading the Scottish Parliament when he said a pledge to reduce class sizes in primary to a maximum of 18 would be delivered.

Scottish Conservative leader Annabel Goldie asked if Ms Hyslop had been sacked because of the level of school leavers' literacy and numeracy, a fall in teacher numbers or Scotland's "below average global ranking" for maths and science.

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Tavish Scott asked the first minister if Scottish education was in crisis.

Mr Salmond praised Ms Hyslop for her achievements, and accused Labour councils of being responsible for most of a decline in teacher numbers.

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