School health alert
MOULD damage has been found at eight schools this year, with works currently being carried out at Karrinyup Primary School.
The Stirling Times has obtained a list of affected schools from the Education Department.
Issues at Harmony, Applecross, Rostrata, Atwell, Cottesloe and Bramfield primary schools have been rectified following work completed this year, ranging from minor repairs to removal of affected transportable classrooms.
Work has been completed on 18 classrooms to address mould concerns, with remediation under way at Karrinyup PS.
Infrastructure executive director John Fischer said since 2008, more than $60 million had been spent on roof replacements at almost 200 schools.
“I’m aware the flat-roof design of schools built in the ’70s and ’80s is not ideal and they will need replacement,” he said.
“Currently only two classrooms are closed with remediation works to be completed over summer.”
State School Teachers’ Union of WA president Pat Byrne said there needed to be a systematic plan to ensure older infrastructure was updated before it became a serious risk.
“The effects of mould spores can be as serious as bronchial infections, pneumonia and other chronic lung conditions,” she said. “Neither students nor teachers should be subjected to these risks.”