State Member for Newcastle, Tim Crakanthorp has welcomed the Shadow Minister for Education Jihad Dib to Newcastle today to announce that a Labor State Government will air condition every public school in NSW.
The ‘Cool Schools’ policy will take back $300 million from the Berejiklian Government’s $2.2 billion Sydney stadium splurge and add it to the $500 million allocated in the State Budget to bring the total to an unprecedented $800 million – to provide air conditioning for the State’s public schools.
With Newcastle increasingly recording more and more heatwave events, it will be a welcome relief for students and their teachers.
GIPA documents have revealed Islington Public School only has one permanent air conditioned class room for over 130 students.
Labor will immediately conduct an audit of the state’s 2200 primary and secondary schools to give priority to schools with the hottest temperatures.
The costs of running air conditioning will be partially offset by Labor’s commitment to solar panels on school roofs.
Quotes attributable to the Shadow Minister for Education Jihad Dib
“Students will always struggle in a sweltering classroom - they are easily distracted, fatigued and unable to achieve learning outcomes. “
"A world class education system provides exceptional learning conditions. Our students and school communities have a right to expect this level of commitment from their government.”
‘Air conditioning is crucial in areas which experience hot and humid temperatures. Excessively hot classrooms impact the teacher’s ability to effectively provide the best instruction to their class.”
“This policy is an absolute game changer”
Quotes attributable to Member for Newcastle, Tim Crakanthorp
“Labor’s Cool Schools policy will be a welcome relief to students who regularly suffer through high temperatures that disrupt learning.”
“I come from a family of teachers and I hear regularly of how heat can easily disrupt a classroom. This policy is not only for our children’s health but also for our teachers.”
“Islington Public School only has one air conditioner for a school of 130 children. In 2018, this is no longer acceptable.”