Education Minister should feel the heat

Monday 3 February, 2020

With temperatures soaring as high as 40C in parts of Queensland today, the LNP is asking Education Minister Grace Grace to turn off her office air-con until each of the 300 schools she promised to air-condition have their cooling systems installed.

Shadow Education Minister Jarrod Bleijie said around 150 schools which were promised air-conditioning by the start of this term were still waiting for Labor to keep its promise.

Thousands of students in schools in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay, Gympie, Ipswich and Toowoomba are today struggling to learn in heatwave conditions.

“The Education Minister should switch off her own air-con until Labor has air-conditioned all of the 300 schools it promised,” Mr Bleijie said.

“Grace Grace wouldn’t like to work in 40-degree heat and she shouldn’t expect our kids and teachers to do just that.

“Queensland teachers and students shouldn’t have to work in sweltering conditions.

“Unlike Labor, the LNP is committed to air-conditioning every state school in Queensland – without exception.

“The LNP knows that cool kids are smart kids.

“Our state schools need cool classrooms and that’s what the LNP will deliver.”