The Ministry of Education, taking into consideration the discomfort of the high temperature climate, will undertake a project to place air conditioning units (AC) in schools across Antigua and Barbuda.
Education Minister Michael Browne said all the schools will have AC units installed.
Browne said those deemed to be the hottest will be equipped with AC units or ceiling fans as quickly as possible.
He noted that this initiative is a must because children cannot learn properly in an uncomfortable environment.
The education minister recounted visiting the science block at the Antigua Girls High School (AGHS) where he observed the science teacher sweating “bullets” and the students were also perspiring.
“We are moving to try and create air conditioning in as many classrooms across Antigua and Barbuda. Well, we are waiting for some of the units now but most of the departments (at the Sir Novelle Richards Academy) are air conditioned and we are looking at creating AC units at most of our schools across Antigua and Barbuda, not because it’s a want, but it’s a need.
It is the aim of the education ministry of have air conditioning units set up in all primary and secondary schools; however, the minister could not say which schools will be first. Discussions would first have to be held with the technicians.