pound;4bn windfall to modernise school buildings

19th January 2001 at 00:00
Some 650 schools will be rebuilt or refurbished over the next three years in a pound;4 billion Government modernisation drive. Thousands more will get new classrooms, roofs, science labs or heating systems. Research from the Department for Education and Employment, published this week, showed itis vital that schools be well-maintaind and well-equipped if they are to raise standards. The PriceWaterhouseCoopers research is intended to target capital funding more effectively to raise standards. Unveiling how pound;4bn of the pound;7.8bn three-year programme will be spent, Mr Blunkett said the investment was additional to pound;5.4bn already allocated since 1997.

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