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MORE CRITICISM FOR PFI SCHOOLS PLAN

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The Scottish Parent Teacher Council has joined calls from the SNP for the government to scrap plans to build and ru...
The Scottish Parent Teacher Council has joined calls from the SNP for the government to scrap plans to build and run schools through the private finance initiative, reports The Herald (p6).

Judith Gillespie, the SPTC's development manager, said schools would suffer as a result of what was simply an accounting exercise to reduce the public sector borrowing requirement.

Ms Gillespie said: 'I do not think anyone is convinced about it being cheaper. This is very much a matter of it being done by mirrors and removing capital spending on schools to ensure that the government can keep within its PSBR targets.'

She added that private ownership could see the end of low-cost community facilities in favour of commercially-run night classes.

She said the scheme would also dismantle the teamwork ethos of schools which involved janitors and cleaners as well as teachers. Experience of private contrators in this area had not been good.

'Cleaning in Edinburgh schools became so bad recently that some schools were threatening to shut down because they were health hazards,' she said.

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