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Old schools ’cannot cope’ - Sheffield Star

Monday, February 9, 2004

 Old schools 'cannot cope'

MORE Government cash is needed for schools to replace old buildings which cannot cope, a Sheffield MP has demanded.

Too many pupils still go to schools that are unable to meet modern demands, Heeley Labour MP Meg Munn told Tony Blair.
Mr Blair confirmed a Building Schools For The Future programme would provide £2 billion nationwide.
An announcement is expected in the Commons on the strategy this week.
Sheffield education chiefs are waiting to hear how much of the city's bid for a share of the cash will be successful.
Ms Munn acknowledged that over the last year many children had been able to go to newly-built or refurbished schools, adding: "There are more planned."
But she told Mr Blair: "However, there are still far too many children who go to school in old buildings which cannot cope with the demands of the 21st century."
Ms Munn called for a promise of a continued commitment to cash backing.
Mr Blair said 21,500 schools had been repaired or refurbished and 650 were being completely replaced or modernised.
He told the Commons: "Just in Sheffield alone, the amount of investment has actually risen five-fold with in addition private finance initiatives worth over £140 million."
The Prime Minister added: "Every penny piece of that investment is going to create a better future for our children. It is essential that we maintain it."
Earlier Ms Munn challenged Sports Minister and Sheffield Central MP Richard Caborn about cash support for sports coaches to work with youngsters.
She also urged help with costs for youngsters from poorer areas to get to sports venues and for equipment.
A development worker at a summer athletics camp in Sheffield's Norfolk Park had said he had more funding for the six weeks of the holiday than he did for all the rest of the year, Ms Munn told Mr Caborn.
Mr Caborn said summer programmes for youngsters had been "highly successful".
He said: "We must put such programmes on a more sustainable basis."
A "strategic and focused" approach was needed to tackle weaknesses in sports coaching and the club structure, Mr Caborn said.
He underlined moves to boost links between clubs and schools and he warned: "Seventy per cent of our young people do not continue to participate in an active sport when they leave school."

09 February 2004

Sheffield Star


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