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EIS Reponds to Edinburgh School Buildings Report

13th February 2017

The Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS), the country’s largest union for teachers and lecturers, has today noted the publication of the independent inquiry into the construction of Edinburgh schools and highlighted that the report raises a number of issues of serious concern.

The EIS will now take time to study this highly detailed report in depth, before entering into further discussions with Edinburgh Council and other local authorities.

EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "This is an extremely detailed report, which raises important questions related to the construction and maintenance of school buildings both in Edinburgh and further across Scotland.

"The particular event that prompted this process – the collapse of an exterior wall at Oxgangs Primary School – was an extremely serious incident which, but for sheer luck, could well have had tragic results.

"This report issues a stark warning – to Edinburgh, to local authorities and to all those responsible for the construction and maintenance of our schools – that they must take action to ensure that all buildings are well-designed, properly-built and maintained to an extremely high standard.

"The safety, health and wellbeing of pupils and staff must be the top priority in the design, construction and maintenance of schools. This is not an area where corners or costs should ever be cut.

"The legacy of the PPP/PFI funding model is too many inferior buildings, for which we will all be paying a vastly inflated price for decades to come. Scotland’s pupils and school staff and, indeed, Scottish taxpayers deserve far better".