Year after year, I remember the words of Nicola Sturgeon when she became First Minister: “Let me be clear – I want to be judged on this. If you are not, as First Minister, prepared to put your neck on the line on the education of our young people then what are you prepared to? It really matters.” She staked her personal reputation on dosing the school attainment gap between rich and poor areas in Scotland. She has failed our future generations by not closing the attainment gap. She has, in fact, actually increased the gap (“Scotland’s school’s attainment gap widens to record high level”, The Herald, December 15). Covid can’t be used as an excuse, as the gap was not closing before the pandemic. It has widened in four of the last five years. She needs to stop making excuses and live up to her statement. Yet year after year the statistics show she has failed and her personal reputation is in tatters. Having said she was prepared to put her neck on the line, why has she not resigned? Jane Lax, Aberlour.