School air-conditioning applications unsuccessful
Umina Beach Public School, Woy Woy Public School and both campuses of Brisbane Water Secondary College have been unsuccessful in their applications for air conditioning under the Cooler Classrooms Program.
"The program is designed to help boost student potential and improve learning outcomes with $500 million supposed to be allocated over the five-year program," said Member for Gosford Ms Liesl Tesch.
"After waiting more than two and a half years for the outcome of this round only 15 of the 447 schools that applied were successful."
Ms Tesch said, with summer around the corner, this was a real concern for students, teachers and parents.
"The funding of only 15 schools is quite frankly an absolutely disgraceful move by the NSW Liberal Government.
"It is a slap in the face for students, teachers and education staff across NSW."
"As a former teacher, I know the impact the Aussie summer heat can have on students, especially when it comes to their ability to focus and their behaviour.
"Public education is at the core of our state and Australia's future.
"The lack of projects delivered in this round of funding, along with the continued school maintenance backlog and ongoing ignorance of the calls from the Teachers Federation is a huge indicator of the Liberal Governments lack of care for our future."
Media release, 9 Nov 2021
Liesl Tesch, Member for Gosford