Airconditioning schools only answer to our hot summers
IT’S encouraging to see that the Queensland Teachers’ Union realises that heat in Queensland classrooms has a detrimental effect on students and their teachers.
Easy fix! Install airconditioning now to all classrooms and work out how to fund it. The Government manages to find the funds for every other government building, car and jail cell.
The real issue that needs addressing is the fact that school children are still being sent out during the hottest part of the day during these months to playgrounds and to play sport which continues through to December.
Surely the concerning rates of skin cancer could be reduced later in life if they had less exposure to the sun during these times. No hat, no play, isn’t good enough. Avoiding extreme UV levels should be part of the equation. Elizabeth Laycock, Arana Hills THE Queensland Government should install airconditioning in every classroom in the state.
Politicians in their offices at the top end of town wouldn’t even contemplate going to work in a building that was not airconditioned, so why should our teachers and children?
During his tenure as premier of Queensland, Campbell Newman promised to air-condition Brisbane’s fleet of buses and he kept his word. If passengers expect a climate-controlled bus on a scorcher of a hot day then children and their teachers should be afforded the same comfort.
How can teachers be expected to teach and students be expected to learn if they are trapped in classrooms which can top 38C and 40C in summer. Those conditions are not conducive to learning. Lizzie Haydon, Runcorn NOW there is a call to alter the Christmas/New Year school holidays by commencing one week later during the summer due to the extreme heat in school rooms.
The question I would pose is, if late January, all of February and early March are our hottest months, what difference will starting one week later in December make?
The LNP Opposition has made a pledge to aircondition all Queensland schools, but what happens in the meantime to combat heat in the classroom?
In the US, many states close their schools during the snow-bound months then have continuous school during the summer months.
Perhaps a radical idea for Queensland to overcome the extreme heat issues would be to commence what is now the Christmas/New Year holidays in mid-January and go into full recess until mid-March, a recess of eight weeks.
Then, when school recommences, go right through the year, without any breaks, until the September/ October holiday recess.
There is no likelihood of any changes according to the Queensland Premier, irrespective of what the weather is like.
Perhaps a firm commitment to speed up the installation of airconditioning in all state schools, sooner rather than later, may appease the naysayers. Les Bryant, Durack IN THE 1950s and early ’60s students had to cope in classrooms with bare timber floorboards and no fans, and the only airconditioning was an open window. To top it all off, they had to put up with a hot, long 16-week term at the end of each school year.
Queensland has a long, hot, humid summer and no amount of adjusting the school year will help avoid this without airconditioning. Emmanuel Alexion, Oxley SO THE unions want to change the school dates. This is just another example of unions running the state. Ralph Burge, Petrie