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Maroochy Weekly - - LIFE / EDUCATION - JAR­ROD BLEIJIE

SCORCH­ING tem­per­a­tures across Queens­land re­in­forces the need for the LNP’s plan to air-con ev­ery state school class­room.

Air-con isn’t com­pul­sory in state schools in south­east Queens­land, in­clud­ing on the Coast.

Our chil­dren and teach­ers con­tinue to swel­ter in class­rooms with no air-con and I be­lieve if it’s good enough that we air-con­di­tion other pub­lic build­ings, it should be good enough for our kids and teach­ers as well.

This plan will keep kids cool and help them with their stud­ies. Stud­ies have shown stu­dents pro­duce bet­ter re­sults in schools that have air-con.

Our NAPLAN re­sults are go­ing back­wards and it is no won­der kids are strug­gling to learn when some days their class­rooms are over 35°C.

The LNP’s plan to air-con class­rooms will lead to bet­ter re­sults and a more com­fort­able en­vi­ron­ment for our teach­ers. It’s time the Palaszczuk gov­ern­ment came on­board and matched our com­mit­ment.

I’ll also take this op­por­tu­nity to wish all res­i­dents a merry Christ­mas and happy new year.

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