UNDER-FIRE construction firm Jarvis was facing fresh criticism after failing to complete a school refurbishment scheme on time.
The company was handed responsibility for a £55m improvement project encompassing eight schools in Wirral.
But Labour MP Frank Field launched a scathing attack on the company after it failed to finish work on five of the schools.
Mr Field, who represents Birkenhead, said: "It's appalling what Jarvis has done to these local schools."
Jarvis has already faced criticism in recent months after quitting its railway maintenance contracts.
The company is also at the centre of an investigation following the Potters Bar train crash, and has admitted being at fault for a derail-ment at King's Cross station in London in September.
Mr Field said: "We are having the same problems with these schools that the country had with Jarvis over the railways - delays, cancellations and excuses."
He added that one of the problems was that Jarvis had apparently not been paying subcontractors, who had then refused to carry out work.
Mr Field said he had raised the issue in the House of Commons and wanted Jarvis to face "the toughest penalties possible".
Pupils are now back at the schools.
A spokeswoman for Jarvis said that some of the delays had been caused by asbestos found in buildings, adding that where there had been other reasons, "we have apologised for them and taken action to mitigate the effect on pupils".