As 17 schools in Edinburgh remain closed, here’s the statement Lothians and Edinburgh Western Lib Dem candidate Alex Cole-Hamilton made over the weekend:
Our first priority in the PPP1 schools debacle is to ensure pupil and teacher safety.
Nearly 10,000 Edinburgh kids and their families will face considerable disruption in the coming days, so it’s vital we ascertain the structural integrity of these Schools as soon as possible.
Coming as this does on the eve of the May exams I’m calling on the Scottish Qualification Authority to consider steps to mitigate the impact schools closures may have on the ability of pupils to prepare for exams, postponing certain papers if necessary.
I think it a measure of the strength of our community that today we’ve seen church leaders offering halls and chapels to local schools for the purpose of classes and exams, I’m sure this will be welcome to School staff and pupils alike.