Education Secretary Michael Gove is to launch a revolutionary ‘No Walls’ school building initiative based on African-style architecture.
Gove, who axed hundreds of school building projects when he scrapped Labour’s Building Schools for the Future programme, said that his ‘No Walls’ idea was ‘almost as clever as my Swedish-style free schools wheeze.’
Speaking in Sandwell in the West Midlands where councillors were furious to discover school building projects in the area had been axed after they were initially told they were safe, Mr Gove explained:
‘We won’t have the terrible future expense of having to maintain schools that are falling down, because they won’t have walls to fall down in the first place. Children will no longer have to learn as they did under Labour in damp classrooms because there won’t be any walls – or indeed ceilings - to get damp.
‘You have only to look at the example of African schools to see the benefits of my ‘No Walls’ policy. Happy children deep in study unencumbered by a school building and instead open to all the elements.’
Mr Gove told Sandwell’s councillors that in future they would have to buy ‘just a few desks and slates’ thus slashing the education budget.
‘Of course, in conjunction with my free schools policy, parents may want to take the initiative and build…or not build… their own ‘No Walls Free Schools,’ he said.
‘The beauty of my policy is its cheapness and simplicity. Literally within days, the West Midlands could have hundreds of new schools. The best schools could gain’ No Walls Academy’ status.’
But teacher unions were cautious about the idea of ‘No Walls’ schools.
‘Mr Gove has yet to tell us who will be providing a blackboard and pencils and waterproofs for our members,’ a NASUWT spokesman said.