Ryan puts heat on government over school air-conditioning
15 November 2017
The need for air-conditioning in junior classrooms at Seymour P-12 College has been taken up with the Andrews Labor Government by Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan.
Ms Ryan is urging Education Minister James Merlino to investigate the situation before the heat of summer hits.
“The issue was raised with me by a staff member from Seymour College who is concerned about the wellbeing of students and staff teaching and learning in the new school buildings,” Ms Ryan said.
“While air-conditioning was installed in the special needs area, there is no cooling in the other areas including junior classrooms.
“To make the problem worse the windows don’t even open to allow fresh air in.”
Ms Ryan said it was unacceptable that the Andrews Labor Government expected students to learn in such conditions.
“The temperature in Seymour frequently rises above 30 degrees during the summer,” Ms Ryan said.
“This results in students losing focus during their morning lessons and not regaining it throughout the day, losing an estimated 50 hours of learning time.
“Daniel Andrews doesn’t seem to think his “Education State” motto applies to students from regional areas like Seymour.
“Seymour students deserve the same access to the modern, education facilities afforded to students living in Melbourne.”