SCOTTISH Tory leader Douglas Ross used all three of his questions at FMQs to ask Nicola Sturgeon about "chopping the bottom off classroom doors".

As part of efforts to improve ventilation in Scotland's schools in response to Covid-19, the Scottish Government set out a number of measures to address the issue.

As part of measures calculated to cost £4.3 million to improve airflow in classrooms include £1.6m for air filters and £2.4m for fans that are also hoped to cut the spread of other infections and improve conditions for good learning.

The plans include £300,000 for doors to be “undercut to increase airflow”.

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The Scottish Government has dedicated £5m of funding for capital spending in schools on measures to increase ventilation with councils able to spend as much of the sum as needed on different measures.

Education Secretary Shirley-Anne Sommerville set out the measures in a letter to Holyrood's Education Committee, stating that local authority estimates outline that between 2% and 4% of rooms have been found to be “problematic spaces” where CO2 levels are too high.

There were 2000 out of 50,000 learning, teaching and play spaces identified as being problematic in regards to levels of CO2.

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Scottish Tory leader Ross used most of his questions to the First Minister on Thursday to focus on cutting off the bottom of doors in classrooms.

His first question asked Sturgeon why this was - among others - one of the Government's ideas.

Sturgeon responded: "When you're trying to improve ventilation in a room, there's a number of things you need to do. Partly that can be about air filtration to purify the air, partly it is about ventilation so mechanical ventilation systems.

"It's about taking measures to ensure that the natural flow of air in a room is maximised. So if you have doors or windows that are not enabling the natural flow of air in the way you would want it to, then it strikes me as basic common sense that you would take measures to rectify that.

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"What we've done is give additional money to local authorities to allow them to take whatever steps [whether it be] air filtration systems, mechanical ventilation or basic rectification of classrooms to improve the natural flow of air.

"That strikes me as basic common sense and if Douglas Ross wants to have serious discussions about this then perhaps he could start by making sure it's a grown-up discussion."

Ahead of Ross's focus on this topic, the Scottish Conservatives put out an image characterising the money as Sturgeon's "£300,000 DIY job".

The Tory leader also asked if the Scottish Government had engaged with the fire service about the safety of amending doors, claiming a retired fire officer had told him the changes may be unsafe.

The First Minister said that consideration and all changes being made to classrooms and early learning spaces would be for local authorities.