The next batch of schools that are set to be built under a new initiative have been announced by the Scottish government.
Ministers revealed the latest 30 institutes that will form part of the construction project that will see an extra 67 schools set up across Scotland. The move, which is set to cost the government £1.25 billion, is designed to allow the housing of 46,000 pupils in education centres up and down the nation, providing a major boost to the sector. Officials have stated that these plans are vital to help the country progress and provide the best possible teaching facilities for the younger generation.
Education secretary Michael Russell believes that the construction of these new schools will be able to not only provide a major lift for the students and teachers working in the institutes but also to the construction industry. He noted that by identifying the 30 sites now it will help to get the projects off the ground and allow the planning to get started right away meaning that they can be completed by the estimated date.
Mr Russell went on to say that he is looking forward to the prospect of these new schools which are due to be finished and ready for pupils by March 2018. Following the 67 institutes there will also be a further 12 set up in the third phase of Scotland's Schools for the Future plan thanks to a £80 million cash injection.
"We have met every local authority's request for priority builds and added an extra 12 schools to the programme because of the Scottish Futures Trust’s vigorous commitment to value for money. More schools are being built, and faster, but for the same level of investment as originally planned," Mr Russell added.
Scotland's decision follows on from the UK's education minister Michael Gove noting that under the Priority School Building Programme 261 schools had been successful in applying for grants that will help them to carry out major renovation projects.
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