Jedburgh schools are to benefit from a share of £28 million to create a new campus with sports facilities.
The Scottish Government announced today that a £28 million investment will be shared between four new schools across Scotland as part of the fifth phase of the £1.8 billion ‘Schools for the Future’ programme.
Deputy First Minister John Swinney made the announcement during a visit to Jedburgh Grammar School, one of the schools which will be redeveloped.
The proposals for the new Jedburgh Intergenerational Campus include sports facilities and a community hub, alongside education provision for two to 18 year olds.
The four new school projects are Jedburgh Intergenerational Campus; Sighthill Community Campus; Underbank Primary School and Walston Primary School.
South of Scotland’s Labour MSP, Colin Smyth said: “Obviously this is very welcome news that money will be spent on upgrading school buildings- especially for the pupils.
“Sadly however there are 4,000 less teachers in Scotland since the SNP came to power. Ultimately it is the teachers that are the real asset to schools and whilst teacher numbers fall so to do our standards.
Scottish Labour would reverse the SNP cuts to schools and not just make investment in the buildings but on the teachers and resources within schools.“
Conservative MP for Berwickshire, Roxburgh & Selkirk, John Lamont said: “It’s hugely welcome that Jedburgh Grammar will finally be receiving some much needed funds to help build a better school for future generations.
“However given the SNP’s neglect of our education system as a whole, a lot more needs to be done.
“This SNP Government has allowed our schools to fall behind in a number of areas, and there are still hundreds of teacher vacancies across the country.
“As such it would be wrong for John Swinney to pretend that this funding will fix all of the problems that have emerged during their time in power.”