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Welsh Schools Are Unfit for Purpose despite Investment, Says WAO

Magazine article Public Finance

Welsh Schools Are Unfit for Purpose despite Investment, Says WAO

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Many school buildings in Wales are still not 'fit for purpose', despite attempts to address years of underinvestment, auditors have said.

A report by the Wales Audit Office, published this week, said Welsh Government programmes had made significant improvements to the school estate. However, there was still a long way to go to bring all schools up ?? the same level because of weaknesses in capital spending management.

The WAO found that effective planning was hampered by a lack of reliable information and local authorities' reluctance to rationalise schools following falls in pupil numbers.

The watchdog also warned that some local authorities did not have enough expertise to achieve relatively large programmes of investment.

Interim auditor general GUiian Body said: ? lot of work has gone into trying to get the schools estate in Wales up to scratch, and many pupils and teachers have benefited from a much improved working environment. …

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