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Scottish schools in 'poor state'

Close to a quarter of all school buildings in Scotland are below satisfactory condition, figures have revealed, while just 17% are in good condition.

Surveys of the state of the country’s schools found 578 - or 21% - in poor condition and 53 (2%) in bad condition. A total of 461 were ruled to be in good condition while 1,577, or 51%, were considered satisfactory.

In all, 2,151 primary schools were surveyed, as well as 375 secondary schools and 182 special schools. It was also found that 148,086 pupils were in schools that had been labelled poor or bad condition.

The figures were released the day after Scottish education secretary Fiona Hyslop announced the first group of 14 schools to share £1.25bn of funding to improve buildings and facilities.

Hyslop said: “With £2bn already invested in the school estate, we expect to see 250 new or refurbished schools delivered by this government by 2011.

“Together with the announcement of the first 14 secondary schools to benefit from an additional £1.25bn under the school building programme, we are on track to improve the picture across Scotland and give every pupil the same high-quality experience for their school building.”

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