Welsh Liberal Democrat Cabinet Secretary for Education Kirsty Williams has announced today a further £2.3bn to modernise education infrastructure.
The funding forms the second wave of the flagship 21st Century Schools and Education Programme. The programme provides major and long-term capital investment for schools and colleges, allowing them to expand to meet high demand, increase the provision of Welsh medium education and improve the quality of their educational assets.
Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds commented:
“This crucial investment in our schools and colleges is yet another example of the fantastic impact Kirsty is having as part of the Welsh Government. The Welsh Liberal Democrats will continue to work to improve our education system and increase opportunity for every child."
“If we can transform Welsh education and the life chances of our children and young people with just one Cabinet member - just imagine what more we could do with a large group holding the balance of power in the Assembly.”
Cabinet Secretary for Education Kirsty Williams AM said:
“I am committed to raising standards, reducing the attainment gap and delivering an education system from the ground up that is a source of national pride and confidence. The 21st Century Schools and Education Programme is one of the means to achieve this ambition and represents the largest investment in our schools and colleges since the 1960s.”
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