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Wgtn east girls college enhancedEarthquake strengthening at Wellington East Girls' College (Photo: RNZ/John Gerritsen)

The government is facing an avalanche of problems with school buildings. Earthquake strengthening, leaky buildings, and the Christchurch rebuild have converged with rapid roll growth in Auckland and a realisation that many school are well past their use-by date.

The cost of dealing with those problems runs to billions of dollars and some schools are frustrated by delays in getting their property fixed.

In this Insight, Radio New Zealand's Education Correspondent, John Gerritsen, investigates the scale of the problem and what this means for how school property is organised and schools are run.