LNP pledge to air-con all schools
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.”