"Dingy and flaky" school buildings can cause depression among pupils, according to a top children's author.
Nicola Morgan, author of non-fiction books on how teenagers' brains work, has criticised dilapidated school buildings, insisting that they can make learning impossible for pupils, reports the Scotsman.
Morgan said: "We all learn better when we feel uplifted, and no one can possibly feel uplifted in the dingy and flaky surroundings that some pupils and teachers have to spend their days in."
She continued: "Scientists and psychologists know that mood affects learning... when we are depressed, whether clinically or temporarily affected by our environment, we find it harder to learn or even to try to learn."
In an investigation, Scotland on Sunday found that more than 70 schools across the country are in such a bad condition they have been labelled by the Scottish Government as "economically expired."
But that's not all, kids are attending classes in rooms with cracked windows, crumbling walls, broken heating systems and, in some cases, water dripping through the ceiling.