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Ten primaries, five secondaries and two additional support needs schools were shut in Edinburgh amid concerns about the standard of construction.
The schools were all built or refurbished under the same Public Private Partnership (PPP) initiative.
They were meant to reopen on Monday following the Easter break, but remained closed.
Councils across Scotland reacted to the news by carrying out checks on their own schools.
Both South Lanarkshire Council and North Lanarkshire Council say they have found no problems.
South Lanarkshire Council’s executive director of education, Jim Gilhooly, said: “South Lanarkshire pupils are still on holiday and are not due to return until next week.
“We have already undertaken some checks and have no safety issues at this time.
“However, local authorities are awaiting detailed information from the Scottish Government in relation to the recent further structural concerns raised by Edinburgh City Council, and will undertake necessary safety checks as a matter of priority. “
Paul Jukes, chief executive of North Lanarkshire Council, added: “North Lanarkshire Council did not use the same building contractor as Edinburgh City Council.
“Initial inspections have been carried out and no issues have been reported. We are confident in both the design and construction of our newer schools estate.”
The defects in the Edinburgh schools were found after repair work at a primary school where a wall had collapsed in a storm.
Lanark and Hamilton East MP Angela Crawley says the closures call into the question the use of public private partnership (PPP), and private finance initiatives (PFI) to fund the building of new schools.
She said: “The scale of the closures in Edinburgh makes it clear that these problems were not specific to one or two buildings. I’ve asked the council to clarify whether these closures have any ramifications for South Lanarkshire’s PFI schools.
“The council should urgently inspect the schools estate and ensure parents are kept fully informed following any inspections.
“There are serious questions to answer for the councils that so enthusiastically embraced the PFI model. Not only are taxpayers hit by inflexible deals which we will be paying off for a generation but now we see that they’ve led to widespread shoddy workmanship in our capital’s school buildings.”
The SNP’s education spokesperson Sheena Wardhaugh said: “I am satisfied SLC and NLC are being extremely proactive in this matter.
“In January, when the storm damaged Oxgangs Primary, we immediately surveyed all our PPP secondary schools and there are no problems.
“Now, in partnership with the Scottish Government, we will now inspect all of our primary schools and in fact all of our new builds whether they are schools or not.
“The safety of young people and staff is paramount.