School buildings good and getting better

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MORE THAN three-quarters of the 54 school buildings in Dundee have been rated in good or satisfactory condition.

A new report reveals that of the 13 buildings graded as poor, nine are set to be replaced with the others subject to major investment to bring up their standard.

Gregor Murray depute convener of Dundee City Council’s education committee sad: “There is a clear link between the quality of the school building and the educational experience of our young people.

“That is one of the reasons that in recent years we have undertaken a massive capital investment in our school estate.

“Not just in  building new premises like Victoria Park or Camperdown primaries but also spending money on the likes of Braeview Academy and Craigie High School to deliver general refurbishment and upgrades to teaching areas as well as continuing the window replacement programme and planned improvements to the heating systems.

“Our aim is to ensure that all establishments are graded good or satisfactory in terms of their condition and suitability to deliver a 21st century curriculum and I am sure we will achieve that.”

The Scottish Government ranks educational buildings on their condition and suitability from bad, through poor to satisfactory and good.

Most educational premises in Dundee are performing well and operating efficiently or performing adequately but showing minor deterioration in terms of their condition. Most have their suitability defined as either performing well and operating efficiently or performing well but with minor problems.

The education committee will consider the report when it meets on Monday October 26.

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