All Campbelltown schools should be air-conditioned

Not good enough: Greg Warren outside Thomas Reddall High School in Ambarvale, which has just nine air-conditioners for 38 classrooms.
Not good enough: Greg Warren outside Thomas Reddall High School in Ambarvale, which has just nine air-conditioners for 38 classrooms.

Kids at Campbelltown’s public schools deserve to be kept cool in summer.

That’s the message from Campbelltown MP Greg Warren, who has condemned the level of air-conditioning currently available at school’s in the area.

Mr Warren said recently released figures showed 188 classrooms in the Campbelltown electorate did not have air-conditioners.

Some of the worst schools are Ambarvale’s Thomas Reddall High School (nine of 38 classrooms air-conditioned), Leumeah High School (20 of 54 classrooms) and Eagle Vale High School (26 or 54 classrooms).

“The figures speak for themselves,” Mr Warren said.

“Less than a quarter of the classrooms at Thomas Reddall High School have air-conditioning.

“Almost two thirds of classrooms at Leumeah and half at Eagle Vale don’t have air-conditioning either.”

Mr Warren said the state government’s $500 million budget commitment to install air-conditioning in new and upgraded schools would not be of great benefit to Campbelltown students and teachers.

“The state government’s policy would benefit those new schools in the Camden electorate, but it would make a minimal difference for the long-suffering students and staff at Campbelltown schools who are forced to learn inside classrooms that are essentially glorified saunas,” he said.

The MP said Labor’s $800 Cool Schools policy would be better for his constituents.

“NSW Labor’s policy wouldn’t just benefit a few electorates, it would enhance the learning environments of every single child in every public school throughout the state,” he said.

“No student will be forced to sit, suffer and sweat profusely through a scorching summer again if Labor wins the March 2019 state election.”

A Department of Education spokesman said the government’s budget allocation was a “record” investment to “provide sustainable air-conditioning for NSW schools”.

“To ensure that the NSW government responds to the needs of students in the hottest parts of the state, we will provide air-conditioning in classrooms and libraries at schools that experience a mean maximum January temperature of 30 degrees and above,” he said.

“Schools that experience a mean maximum January temperature below 30 degrees can apply for funding to receive air-conditioning in their classrooms and libraries.

“All schools withing the Campbelltown LGA are eligible to apply.”

The first round of funding applications will close on September 28. 

Schools principals are able to apply at schoolinfrastructure.nsw.gov.au.

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