Seventeen schools in Edinburgh were closed over safety fears, after it was revealed they were not inspected by the council when their construction was completed.
Andrew Burns, leader of Edinburgh City Council, says the consortium that built the school
under Public Private Partnership project (PPP) self-certified them to check they met “all the relevant building standards”.
Some schools open again
Though the schools were temporarily closed, the majority of the 2,000 pupils preparing for exams at five of the high schools involved have resumed lessons.
But the council announced that practical exams due to take place at the five high schools have been postponed.
All legal responsibilities met
Mr Burns insisted that the local authority had “undertaken all its legal responsibilities”.
He told BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland programme that design and the construction standards were the responsibility of the Edinburgh Schools Partnership, who were the main overarching contractor in effect for delivering the facilities.
He added that under the regulations in place at the time, the Partnership and its agents self-certified to the council that the buildings complied with all the relevant building standards.
Date Published: May 1, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown