Magazine article Public Finance

Third of Scots Schools Still in Need of Repair

Magazine article Public Finance

Third of Scots Schools Still in Need of Repair

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The condition of Scotland's schools is improving but almost a third of buildings are still crumbling or badly in need of repair, official figures have revealed.

A report published by the Scottish Government this week showed that 26% of schools were rated as being in a 'poor' condition and 5% were rated as 'bad'.

Opposition parties claimed that a 'hiatus' - caused by a decision to replace the Private Finance Initiative with a new method of funding capital projects - had contributed to the failure to improve the condition of the schools estate.

But Education Secretary Fiona Hyslop argued that £2bn had been committed to invest in schools and that, in the past year, 35,000 more children across Scotland received their lessons in new state-of-the-art classrooms.

The statistics showed that more than 175,000 pupils were found to be in schools with a 'poor' rating while nearly 26,000 were being taught in school buildings described as 'bad'. …

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