SNP’s pride at record on school building investment
MORE than 750 schools have either been built or refurbished since the SNP came to power 11 years ago, the Scottish Government has said.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that as well as providing “enormous benefits” for schoolchildren, the work had boosted communities across Scotland.
She spoke as ministers completed three official opening ceremonies, with Ms Sturgeon at the new Largs Academy building in Ayr, part of a campus that has benefited from £25.3 million of cash from the government’s Schools for the Future fund.
Education Secretary John Swinney formally opened Dundee’s new Baldragon Academy – which received £19.5 million – while Education Minister ShirleyAnne Somerville opened the new Boroughmuir High School in Edinburgh.
Ms Sturgeon said: “Not only do these new schools provide enormous benefits for the education of our children and young people, they also help the local economy with jobs and apprenticeship opportunities during construction, and will serve the wider community now that they are open.”
Nicola Sturgeon at the Largs campus