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Kids ‘prefer’ studying in portacabins, claims the actual Education Secretary

Blundering Gillian Keegan has been mocked after saying kids would rather be taught in portable cabins than classrooms.

The Education Secretary made the bizarre claim amid mounting criticism over the crumbling concrete crisis.

She said children at schools affected by the collapse-risk reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) had told her they would prefer to stay in the “high-quality” temporary cabins.

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She said: “I have been to a number of schools and seen children and met children in the portacabins.

"In the first school I went to the children were all petitioning me to stay in the portacabin because they actually preferred it to the classroom.”

Nearly 250 temporary rooms have been ordered in response to the crisis.

Julie McCulloch, from the Association of School and College Leaders, said: “The Education Secretary should be reflecting on why kids prefer temporary accommodation. Much of the school estate is outdated and should have been rebuilt years ago.”

Downing Street defended Ms Keegan. The PM’s official spokesman said she was simply “reflecting a conversation” and that PM Rishi Sunak still had full confidence in her.

Ms Keegan was previously filmed saying "everyone else has sat on their a*se" during the concrete crisis following a TV interview. She said: "Does anyone ever say: ‘You know what, you’ve done a f***ing good job, because everyone else has sat on their a*se and done nothing?’ No signs of that, no?"

She has since apologised for the comments, saying: "School and local leaders deserve huge credit for making sure the vast majority of settings with confirmed RAAC are continuing to offer pupils face-to-face learning.

"We will continue to work closely with affected schools and provide both expert and financial support to minimise disruption and keep staff and children safe."

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