Tuesday, 24 April 2012
A Glasgow run by the SNP would prioritise capital investment in education towards rebuilding or renovating our worst primary school buildings.
SNP Education spokeswoman, Councillor Jennifer Dunn, has raised the issue of poor standards of buildings for some time, while the SNP Group has proposed potential solutions to Glasgow’s poor school buildings through investment in our school estate.
Glasgow City Council recently approved a scheme to assess the city’s non PPP school estate, after the SNP has been calling for such an assessment for some time.
Councillor Dunn said: “The recent decision – carried with SNP support – to assess the entire Glasgow non-PPP school estate is a welcome development. The SNP have, in past budgets, proposed solutions to some of the structural problems faced by Glasgow’s primary schools.
“Should the SNP be elected by the people in May, we will carry out a detailed analysis of Glasgow’s primary and ASL school buildings. This will allow us to plan a regular programme of maintenance and repair for our schools. For too long repairs have been reactive rather than proactive – we will change this to make best use of funds and to allow our officers to plan for work sensibly.
“The SNP will utilise prudential borrowing to fund the rebuilding of some of our worst schools, as well as submitting applications for any future funds made available through the Scottish Futures Trust. Only by working with the Scottish Government, and making the best use of the funds the city has, can we hope to bring all of our primaryschool estate up to the standard everyone expects for our children”.