Queensland’s premier has poured cold water on a suggestion to move Queensland’s school holidays in an effort to beat the heat in classrooms.
The Queensland Teachers Union has made the suggestion to bring Queensland in line with southern states and start and finish school holidays later, coming back at the start of February.
The NSW “western division” starts the school year on February 5 and finishes December 22.
It follows the state’s Liberal National Party opposition proposing a plan to aircondition every state school classroom in Queensland, with leader Deb Frecklington labelling the holiday move a “con”.
“The hottest day last year was February 12, so if you push the holidays back you’re still potentially going to have the hottest day of the year be a school day,” Ms Frecklington said.
But Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said there were no plans to change the school calendar, and that there was a progressive rollout of airconditioning in state schools.
“I think $21 million has been allocated this financial year, we’ve got our Cooler Schools program, so we have a range of measures happening across the state,” the premier said.
The LNP’s plan has been costed several years ago at around $2 billion, but Ms Frecklington insists those numbers are out of date, and her proposed plan would be cheaper, although she couldn’t offer more detailed figures.