SNP’s pride at record on school build­ing in­vest­ment

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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

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