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Statement on Edinburgh school closures

Published: 9 Apr 2016 14:00
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Education

Education Secretary Angela Constance said:

"The safety of children, young people and staff in our schools is paramount, and I recognise the concern of parents. I am reassured by the prompt action taken by Edinburgh City Council.

"While this is primarily an issue for the council, the First Minister and I have spoken to the council leadership this afternoon and offered the Scottish Government's full support to keep disruption to children's education at an absolute minimum.

"The First Minister will today chair a meeting of the Scottish Government's resilience committee to ensure that everything possible is being done to help.

"It is too early to assess any wider implications for schools in other parts of Scotland. However, Scottish Government officials have written to all local authorities this weekend to ask them to carry out any necessary checks on their own estate as soon as possible. We understand that all of the affected buildings in Edinburgh were completed over ten years ago. We will ensure that, as more information about the nature of the issue in Edinburgh is established, this is passed on to other local authorities to assist them in this process."