Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart MSP today said it was “alarming” that new statistics show 70,582 Scottish pupils are being taught in schools that are considered to be in a poor or bad condition and warned the SNP are jeopardising tackling the attainment gap through “sub-par environments”.
New data published on the state of the school estate revealed 284 schools had been categorised as ‘poor’ and an additional 4 were considered to be in ‘bad’ condition.
Poor is defined as “showing major defects and/or not operating adequately (physical element does not carry out function effectively without continuous repair, shows signs of age and does not consider most of the transverse elements).”
Bad is defined as “Economic life expired and/or risk of failure.”
Beatrice Wishart commented:
“It’s alarming to see that 70,000 Scottish pupils are being taught in schools that have been graded poor quality or bad working environments. That’s more than 10% of all pupils.
“Every child has the right to a high quality education in a reliable space which will help them achieve their full potential. It’s disgraceful that the condition of our schools could distract from learning and prove unpleasant workplaces for teachers.
“The First Minster thinks this is great progress, but we don’t have a hope of properly tackling the attainment gap if tens of thousands of pupils are being taught in sub-par environments.
“Education is supposed to be this government’s number one priority. It can’t risk letting down another generation of learners.”