Luis Vives school in Valencia

In December, 2012, the roof collapsed in the Luis Vives school in Valencia, prompting the regional government to adopt a reactionary process of checking all schools for structural damage. Now, the results of the Plan de Revisión de Infraestructuras Educativas reveal that one in four schools is at risk of structural deficiency and damage.

A total of 396 schools older than 40 years have been inspected across the region, 202 of which were in the Valencia province, 119 in Alicante and the remaining 75 in Castellon. An additional 300 schools which are not yet 40 years old were checked, with inspectors looking for the most commonly occurring deficiencies.

Of those schools inspected, 170 of them require action to “ensure stability and security”, especially concerning deficiencies in the electrical installations.

The education department has set about carrying out the most urgent repairs, and in fact have worked on 120 of the most urgent faults since stage 3 of the plan went into operation in January. So far, according to data released by the ministry of education this week, 39 high priority repairs have now been completed.

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