STUDENTS IN THE HOT SEAT
BENNETT ROAD PUBLIC SCHOOL MISSES OUT ON AIRCONDITIONING FUNDS BY 0.2C
MORE than 400 students and teachers from Bennett Road Public School in Colyton will be left sweltering this summer after their school fell short on airconditioning funding by a measly 0.2C.
The Department of Education funds airconditioning to schools that have an average summer temperature of 30C. Bennett Rd Public School’s currently measures 29.8C.
Fed-up parents have started a petition on change.org in a bid to change the State Government’s decision and secure funds.
THERE is just 0.2C stopping more than 400 students at Bennett Rd Public School from sweltering in classrooms this summer.
The Department of Education’s air-cooling policy states for a school to have State Government-funded airconditioning units, it must reach an average January temperature of between 30C and 33C.
The Colyton school has recording an average temperature of 29.8C over the last decade.
While summer only started yesterday, Western Sydney has already experienced two days with temperatures hitting more than 40C.
With last Friday hitting almost 42C, Bennett Rd Public School’s Parents and Citzens Association president Haylee Brown said something had to change.
“Our school currently measures at an average of 29.8C, which is not enough,” Ms Brown said.
“Last Friday, all the kids went to school hot and sweaty. They said they can’t learn in this environment even though the teachers were doing their best. It is not healthy at all.”
According to the air-cooling policy, schools which do not meet the requirements for airconditioning may install their own, using funds raised by the school community, however parents say this isn’t good enough.
Mum Kim Bremner has started a petition, which al- ready has 100 signatures, on Change.org to get the school airconditioning.
“My son loves school but cannot go on very hot days because he has epilepsy and it is triggered by him overheating,” Ms Bremner said.
Head of Change.org, Nathan Elvery, said the activist site had seen a sharp spike in petitions asking for airconditioning in schools.
“... With a number of parents starting petitions asking for proper funding of aircon in schools, it’s clear this isn’t an isolated problem,” Mr Elvery said.
A Department of Education spokesman said the hottest schools were given priority.
“Schools with a mean maximum January temperature of 33C or above are provided with air cooling to all habitable spaces,” he said.
To sign the petition, search “Department of Education NSW” on change.org.
Kim Bremner has started a petition for airconditioning at Bennett Rd Public School.