Doszpot calls for end to overheated classrooms

The ACT Labor government needs to get back to core business and ensure Canberra’s school students and teachers aren’t forced to work under extreme temperatures in the classroom. This can be a particularly difficult time of the year in classrooms which aren’t adequately cooled, Shadow Minister for Education Steve Doszpot said today.

“In 2014 the ACT branch of the Australian Education Union (AEU) expressed concern that too many ACT public schools were without sufficient cooling in classrooms. On days of extreme hot weather, students and staff were forced to work in temperatures above AEU guidelines,” Mr Doszpot said.

“These conditions wouldn’t be tolerated in the public service and teachers and students shouldn’t have to deal with them either.

“In the Legislative Assembly today, I’ll be calling on the government to provide details of all of the schools which are without efficient air cooling in classrooms and to commit to those schools getting improvements.

“This should be a basic issue for ACT Labor to address, however it seems the government is more interested in light rail and solar and wind farms than providing good basic services for Canberrans,” Mr Doszpot concluded.