School building hits record high
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 17:32
SNP administration delivered state-of-the-art schools in Falkirk East
School building has reached a record high with 303 Scottish schools being rebuilt or refurbished in the last three years – more than in the term of any previous Scottish administration - meaning more children than ever are in good or high quality school buildings.
Within hours of the SNP coming to power at Holyrood in 2007 one of the first actions of the new SNP Government was to 'sign off' the four NPDO (Not for Profit) schools in Falkirk district, which were delivered by the SNP-led administration in Falkirk. The £110 million contract to build new high schools in Grangemouth, Falkirk, Denny and a new St Mungo's was a flagship policy of the previous SNP-led administration. As a result 1000's of children are benefitting from first class state-of-the-art facilities that are returning benefits to the local community, not filling the wallets of city fat-cats through Labour's discredited PFI schemes.
The SNP delivered these NPDO schools despite Labour's belief that the old schools were 'fit for purpose'.
SNP Candidate for Falkirk East, Councillor Angus MacDonald said:
"It was the vision of the SNP-led administration in Falkirk that delivered the four new NPDO high schools in Falkirk district. Had it been up to Labour, pupils would still be getting taught in the old, tired schools that Labour believed were "fit for purpose".
"We know that better school buildings mean more opportunities for our children and better conditions for our teachers. I am particularly pleased that we have broken the pattern of private finance profiting from Scotland’s school buildings. With more schools built or refurbished in the last three years through traditional capital or non profit finance schemes Labour’s plans to allow the private sector to profit from our school buildings have been firmly put into touch.