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BUDGETS CRUNCH ON SCOTTISH SCHOOLS COULDN'T COME AT WORSE TIME

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The Scotsman reports today (p21) that the budget crunch widely expected to hit Scottish local authority schools thi...
The Scotsman reports today (p21) that the budget crunch widely expected to hit Scottish local authority schools this winter comes at a time when the need for major investment in buildings is becoming more and more pressing.

The Scotsman claims to have taken its own look at the problem, as seen by the Scottish Office's own inspectors. It gives a dozen examples of poor conditions in Scottish schools taken from 31 reports published since the beginning of September. It says the true extent of the problem might be seen by multiplying the sample by 100.

In its editorial the paper emphasises that the conditions highlighted in the feature are not the special pleading of three local authorities seeking to boost their capital budget allocation for schools. They are carefully weighed words, this term, of HM Inspectors of Schools in Scotland.

The paper says the problem should be higher up the government agenda and asks what pupils are expected to learn from the fact that one in ten schools in Scotland is deemed as having unsatisfactory accommodation.

But, says the paper, already funding is so tight that Strathclyde region reckons the average new primary school will have to wait 300 years before being replaced.
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