LNP pledge to air-con all schools

The Queensland Times - - News -

SCHOOL kids would no longer face swel­ter­ing sum­mer days, strug­gling to con­cen­trate un­der a pledge to air-con­di­tion every state school class­room in Queens­land.

The LNP made the com­mit­ment yes­ter­day, dur­ing Op­po­si­tion leader Deb Freck­ling­ton’s bud­get re­ply speech.

Ip­swich par­ents launched a cam­paign ear­lier this year, plead­ing for the State Gov­ern­ment to in­stall air-con­di­tion­ing.

The city’s class­rooms are among the hottest in south­east Queens­land.

Data col­lected by the Queens­land Teach­ers’ Union over the sum­mer showed tem­per­a­tures in Ip­swich class­rooms peaked at 43C.

When con­fronted with the fig­ures, Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Grace Grace clearly stated the ris­ing tem­per­a­tures would not sway her gov­ern­ment cit­ing high costs.

Only schools in trop­i­cal North Queens­land are en­ti­tled to gov­ern­ment funded air-con­di­tion­ing, de­spite fac­ing sim­i­lar tem­per­a­tures to Ip­swich.

The LNP says that’s not good enough.

“Cur­rently there are chil­dren and teach­ers swel­ter­ing in class­rooms with no air-con­di­tion­ing,” Ms Freck­ling­ton said.

“How can chil­dren pos­si­bly learn and how can teach­ers teach in these con­di­tions?

“This is all part of our plan to make Queens­land kids the smartest in the na­tion.

“Cool kids are smart kids.”

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