Commenting on the Local Government Association's call for the Government to announce when schools will receive their much needed capital funding to replace or repair crumbling and dilapidated school buildings, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers' union said:
"The LGA is right to highlight the Department for Education’s scandalous delay in ensuring that all children and young people have decent conditions in which to learn.
"This delay is not because the Coalition Government does not have the money. It is because a disproportionate amount of the available capital funds appear to have been siphoned off by the DfE into a 'slush' fund to be used to tempt or bribe schools into becoming academies.
"By the DfE's own admission, 100 free schools and a handful of pupils get £600m, 1,500 academies have apparently been given an additional £250m, while children in the 22,000 other schools have to fight over a few hundred pounds.
"This continuing discrimination against the majority of children and young people whilst privileging the few is unacceptable."