Down the page in the Herald report, we see:
Why is that not the headline? Editorial choice poses as reality.
What are the unclear figures?
So, a zero-point three increase and a one-year fluctuation? Not even remotely significant or meaningful.
What is the longer-term, statistically meaningful trend?
Schools buildings across Scotland are in their best condition since recorded figures began.
According to new statistics 90% of schools were in good or satisfactory condition in April 2021, up from 61% in April 2007. This improvement has seen the percentage of pupils taught in good or satisfactory schools increase from 61% to 92% over the same period.
This is accompanied by a 77% fall in the number of pupils educated in schools in poor or bad condition. 1,000 schools have also been or substantially refurbished during the last 14 years (2007-08 to 2020-21).https://www.gov.scot/news/modernising-school-buildings/
Who is the critic with the disgraceful grasp of not-clear-cut figures? Prof Emeritus Henry Maitles. I used to work with him. Thought well of him. A quals not a quants man?
Footnote: I retired from the same institution ‘Prof Naemeritus’ after reporting the management for the misuse of public funds eg trips to Mauritius to recruit zero students.