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Closure of Edinburgh Schools on Safety Grounds

Commenting on Edinburgh Council's decision to temporarily close 17 schools on safety grounds, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "The EIS welcomes that the safety of pupils and staff is being treated as a priority, while recognising that these short-notice closures will be highly inconvenient for pupils and parents.
The Council has taken a very difficult decision to close the schools but it is also, in these circumstances, the correct decision.

However, we must also question how such significant defaults could escape normal building control scrutiny and we believe it will be necessary for a review of all PPP/PFI contracts, including the terms of the private maintenance contracts, to ensure that all school buildings are safe and are being properly maintained.