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Cold day for Kersbrook students

Aug 08, 2014

 Stephan Knoll MP
Member for Schubert

Cold day for Kersbrook students

Liberal Member for Schubert, Stephan Knoll, has questioned the Weatherill Labor Government’s lack of management in organising alternative arrangements for a primary school whose power and heating will be shut off today in the middle of winter.
Parents of children at Kersbrook Primary School were advised via a notice on a blackboard outside the school that power to the school would be shut off today due to a transformer in the area being replaced.
The notice asked parents to “dress their children appropriately…warm and comfortable” as there wouldn’t be any heating between 8am to 3pm.
“I have been contacted by worried parents, questioning how much learning can be done whilst their children are freezing at their desks in 8°C weather,” said Mr Knoll.
“The Education Department was well aware that students at Kersbrook Primary School would be without power and heating for today.
“The Education Department should have either organised alternative power whilst the transformer was being replaced, or arrange a pupil free day so that the children aren’t spending the day freezing in classrooms.
“Students should not have to suffer through a cold spell without power and heating, simply because the Weatherill Labor Government doesn’t have its act together.
“The Weatherill Labor Government and embattled Education Minister Jennifer Rankine must now explain to parents why no alternative arrangements were made, in a week where South Australia had already experienced its coldest August morning in 126 years.
“Some forethought and planning by the Weatherill Labor Government would have overcome the disadvantage and conditions these children will experience today.”




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