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Education Minister says a/c’s in the classrooms are coming

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As Antigua and Barbuda and other parts of the world endure heat waves over the

past several weeks, Minister of Education Daryll Matthew said the ministry now

has to give serious consideration to installing air conditioning units in schools

across the country.

Speaking on the ‘Point in the Morning’ radio programme, Matthew said the

ministry must now be concerned about the hot and humid classroom conditions

under which the students are asked to study.

He noted that not long ago, this was not a consideration, but with the impact of

climate change affecting weather systems the world over, education officials must

now give serious thought to students’ comfort in the classroom.

“We, as a nation, felt that if it got hot, all that was needed was to put fans in the

classrooms and you are okay. Now the fans are blowing hot air and what is

required is a proper climate control environment, which are air conditioning units

in our classrooms. However, that poses a problem, as many of our school buildings

are old, having been constructed 40 to 50 years ago. Putting a/c’s in these buildings

leads to another problem; the wiring in these buildings which are not adequate to

accommodate a/c units,” he explained.

Minister Matthew said it is going to require a multi-discipline approach to re-wire

the school buildings across the country, and this would come at a high cost. He

added that anyone who recently built a house and made note of the cost to do the

wiring would have an appreciation of the anticipated cost associated with a project

of this size.

“It is not an overnight ‘quick fix,’ but it is definitely something that we have

placed on our agenda, that we must undertake to ensure so our students can learn

and be taught in a comfortable environment,” he remarked.

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