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More Scottish primary schools to be built

Pupils and teacher in classroom
Thousands of pupils are expected to benefit from the building programme

Details of 21 primary schools which will benefit from the Scottish government's £1.25bn new buildings programme have been announced.

Education Secretary Fiona Hyslop said every local authority in Scotland would gain from the project.

Ministers said the scheme would see 6,000 primary pupils moved from poor quality school buildings.

A total of 35,000 pupils, across primary and secondary schools are expected to benefit.

Ministers have already said 14 secondary schools will be included in the programme.

This latest element of the building project, includes 20 primary school projects and one involving a new special school.

We are on track to deliver in excess of 250 new or refurbished schools in the lifetime of this parliament through £2bn of investment already under way
Fiona Hyslop
Education Secretary

Ms Hyslop made the announcement on a visit to the newly-refurbished Larbert Village Primary, near Falkirk.

She said: "Today's announcement means that every local authority in Scotland will benefit from our new £1.25bn school building programme, as we continue to reverse the trend of under investment and neglect in Scotland's school estate seen in previous decades.

"This government inherited a legacy of 260,000 pupils in poor or bad condition school buildings and in just two and a half years that number has dropped by over 100,000.

"We are on track to deliver in excess of 250 new or refurbished schools in the lifetime of this parliament through £2bn of investment already under way, supported by decisions made by the Scottish government."

Countrywide projects

Councils across the country will see new schools being built or refurbished.

Aberdeen City Council is currently awaiting the outcome of a consultation on the detail for the new primary school serving the Bucksburn and Newhills areas of Aberdeen.

In the Scottish Borders, Duns primary school will benefit from the investment.

Councillors on South Uist have also welcomed the funding for a new school or refurbishment at Daliburgh primary school.

Ms Hyslop first announced the £1.25bn cash boost in June, involving up to 55 schools.

The money includes £800m from the Scottish government, with the remainder coming from local councils.

The Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) will have a central role in managing the new school building programme, working alongside locals authorities.

Scottish Labour's education spokesman, Des McNulty, said: "Compared with Labour's programme, this announcement is embarrassingly small.

"Scotland was promised a raft of new schools by the SNP - today's announcement shows the bankruptcy of their ambition.

"None of the schools announced today, or the secondary schools announced last month, will be completed in the lifetime of this parliament.

"The Scottish government is expecting councils to fund 50% of each new-build primary, with the government's contribution amounting to around £4m per primary school".

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