JODI MCKAY MP
NSW LABOR LEADER
PRUE CAR MP
LABOR SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION
SCHOOLS FORCED TO SWEAT IT OUT FOR FIVE YEARS UNDER THE LIBERALS
As Western Sydney nudges 30 degrees today, hundreds of NSW public schools will be forced to wait until after the 2023 election before Gladys Berejiklian gets around to delivering on her 2019 promise to air-condition their classrooms.
Yesterday, the chief of Schools Infrastructure NSW Erik Maranik told a NSW Parliamentary hearing that some schools will have to wait five years before their air conditioners are installed.
Last November the Premier promised to air-condition the schools as part of her Cooler Classrooms package.
NSW Labor Leader, Jodi McKay said parents would be frustrated and despairing.
“Our kids shouldn’t have to swelter in tinderboxes while doing their best to learn. So why after eight years in government is Ms Berejiklian forcing some students to wait another five years to get air-conditioning?”
“This was a central election promise – but now we find out Ms Berejiklian expects parents to vote her in again before they see any action.”
“After all the bungles and blowouts on stadiums and light rail, this government must meet its promises to our school children.”
Labor Shadow Minister for Education, Prue Car said: “The Liberals and Nationals can’t tell us if the presence of dangerous asbestos will further delay the rollout of air-conditioning in our schools.”
“We know the Liberals and Nationals haven’t budgeted for the removal of dangerous asbestos in our schools. They should tell us how they will manage asbestos while air-conditioning is being installed.”