Parents and teachers protest against school cuts
Thousands gather in Glasgow for education rally. EIS say education is not a cost but an "investment" in children.
Thousands of teachers, lecturers and parents took part in a protest march against education funding cuts.
The demonstration in Glasgow is part of a campaign by the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) to protect funding schools, colleges and universities amid looming cuts and job losses by local authorities and education institutions.
EIS and union officials blame the Government's bail-out of the banks for proposed cuts and launched the Why Must Our Children Pay? campaign.
"Money allocated to education is not a cost, but an investment in our children and in the future prosperity of our entire country," said EIS general secretary Ronnie Smith.
"How can Scotland be expected to compete in an increasingly competitive global economy without a highly-educated, highly-skilled workforce?
"There is a great deal at stake but we cannot allow Scottish education, and the pupils and students of Scotland, to suffer through no fault of their own."
Demonstrators marched from Kelvingrove Park via the city centre to the SECC, where a rally is being held.
Ronnie Smith added: "The fact that teachers and lecturers from all sectors of education will be marching alongside parents, pupils, students and others shows that there is real unity in the support for our education system."
Members of the University and College Union (UCU) Scotland will also take part in the event.
Scottish official Mary Senior said: "We are very clear of the need to defend jobs and defend education against the punitive cuts agenda.
"Cuts in higher education, especially the reduction in teacher education, will impact massively in Scottish schools and on class sizes in particular."