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From: The Socialist issue 914, 31 August 2016: #KeepCorbyn: For a party that fights for workers

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Scot schools scandal

Primary school children playing outside on space hoppers, photo National Assembly for Wales (Creative Commons)

Primary school children playing outside on space hoppers, photo National Assembly for Wales (Creative Commons)   (Click to enlarge)

Offshore investment firms part-own 277 Scottish state schools.

The schools are products of 'Private Finance Initiative' (PFI) infrastructure privatisation. "Wealth machines" was how a spokesperson for the European Services Strategy Unit think-tank described them.

Speaking to the BBC, he added: "There are an awful lot of people making very substantial sums of money out of it." Scotland's various PFI contracts, including the schools, are worth a collective 6 billion.

In Edinburgh, authorities had to close all 17 of these schools earlier this year. The corner-cutting of private contractors had caused construction faults. A wall fell clean off Oxgang Primary School during a storm. Luckily, no students or staff were stood there at the time.

The Socialist says: end PFI extortion. For public ownership and investment in high-quality infrastructure.







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