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.