Comment: We have yet to hear of a better option

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THE safety of our school buildings is an issue which matters to us all. It is utterly scandalous that any child can go to school and not come home because the fabric of their school building fails.

It is clear that something has to be done. The question is what?

Would you, for instance, be prepared to pay an extra £1 on your council tax to ensure school buildings across the Capital were brought up to scratch? It seems a small price to pay for the safety of our children.

Is there a better answer? There might be, but we have yet to hear it.

The investigation into the tragic death of 12-year-old Keane Wallis-Bennett continues. We do not yet know precisely how and why the wall which collapsed and killed her came to fail.

A lot of questions need to be answered. Her family needs those answers and the rest of the Liberton High community needs those answers.

That will take time, and it is important that we give the police and Health and Safety Executive the time they need to complete the most thorough investigation 
possible.

Only at the end of that process will the time come for holding anyone who might be found to be at fault to account.

It is already clear, though, whatever the results of those inquiries, that a sea change is needed in our approach to school building safety.

This tragedy must act as an alarm call on our crumbling schools. One in six city pupils is taught in a school buildings with serious defects and that has to change to ensure that they are as safe as possible.

Credit must go to the city’s Greens for grasping the nettle and bringing forward a workable action plan. The onus is now on the rest of the city’s political parties to tell us how they plan to tackle the appalling £30 million school repair backlog.