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Call to cool furnace-like Cyprus classrooms

State primary school teachers’ union POED is due to discuss the problem of overheated classrooms with the Pancyprian Parents’ Association next week.

As both bodies point out, there is a definite need to install air conditioning systems, an issue they wish to raise with the education ministry. Several parents and teachers have been complaining about the overly-hot temperatures prevailing in classrooms, even as staff and management offices are air-conditioned.

The issue of classroom air conditioning should be re-examined, said a POED statement, adding that climate change is particularly noticeable in Cyprus, with high temperatures being recorded even in the autumn and spring months.

Therefore, stressed the union, “it is imperative that the matter be discussed seriously between the parties involved and the relevant services, and necessary decisions taken as soon as possible”.

In addition, POED urged the state to proceed with installation preparations for A/C units across all schools, utilising renewable energy sources such as photovoltaics, as well as European funds to cover part or all of amount required.

“We are positive about this suggestion, we welcome it,” Pancyprian Parents’ Association president Morphakis Solomonidis said, following the announcement. “The heat problem starts from April and goes through October. It is a serious need and we will be working with POED.”

“I have had phonecalls and messages from parents asking for the [A/C] installation to take place as soon as possible,” he added.

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