He City Hall of L’Hospitalet de Llobregat (Barcelonès) will facilitate the installation of ayou will go conditioned in the common spaces of the 36 schools kindergarten and primary school in the city. In the current context of extreme drought and given the possible arrival of heat waves before the end of the school year, the municipal Plenary approved last week to allocate €2.5 million -from the remaining treasury for the 2022 financial year- in grants to air-condition some areas of the centers.
Both at the end of the last academic year and at the beginning of the current one, the complaints of relatives of schools in the second city of Catalonia due to the high temperatures in the classrooms were repeated. “In the patio it is very hot, there is little shade and many students. Sometimes they even come with Burns by the Sun. In addition, they enter the classroom and it is also hot & rdquor ;, denounces Nelimother of two children in a school in the north of L’Hospitalet.
Specifically, from the L’Hospitalet government they defend that the objective is to provide refrigeration systems for dining rooms and generate shaded areas in patios and leisure spaces by means of awningswhich will be installed in sixteen centers of the city -the list of which has not yet been made public-. In other words, the classrooms will continue without air conditioning. “We cannot say that it is not good. We celebrate the investment, but it is not resolved when it will end up being made. Also, these 2.5 million,what do they fix? A five, 8% of the situation of them educational centers? Of course, better this than nothing & rdquor ;, he points out Carlos Nadalunion representative of CCOO Education in L’Hospitalet.
For his part, david quirosCouncilor for Education of the City Council of L’Hospitalet admits that the measures announced by the consistory “It is not the solution& rdquor ;, and insists that this will come when “we have resources and a commitment from the Generalitat to air-condition all the educational centers and adapt them to the need and reality that we are experiencing & rdquor ;.
Fran Belverthe first deputy mayoress, asserted in the plenary session that the Generalitat he had said “repeatedly & rdquor; to the city council that “we did nothing & rdquor ;, in terms of air conditioning, pending a study. However, Belver continued, a few weeks ago the Department of Education “reported thatwould act only in institutes and institutes-schoolsand that it should be the city councils that assume the improvement of the situation in the schools & rdquor ;.
However, this same Wednesday, May 3, the Department of Education He also announced different measures to deal with the heat waves that are coming, so that the ‘conselleria’ will allow educational centers to stop classes, but not close the school or institute, during episodes of heat waves and will install a hundred air conditioners in “common spaces” -not the classrooms- of institutes and nurseries owned by them, that is, not in schools.
And it is that in this context of measures to try to mitigate the high temperatures, the competence conflictin which the consistories and Generalitat indicate each other, given that while the Department is responsible for the works and actions of reform, expansion or adaptation of these educational centers, the municipalities are responsible for the conservation, maintenance and surveillance of the schools.
no specific dates
Carles Nadal regrets that, in the end, the main aggrieveds of this lack of investment to combat the heat in schools “are the working class families and children, in addition to the teachers & rdquor; and it affects the added problem that the saturation of the classrooms supposes in the northern neighborhoods of L’Hospitalet.
“After, this execution, when is it for? We do not know if it will be immediate. It’s all in one election campaign. But of course, we cannot say that it is not good for it to be invested& rdquor;, comments the CCOO Education delegate in L’Hospitalet, who defends that the problem is solved by “Nuria Marin and the ‘councillor’ sit down and make a medium-term plan; and not now that we are already entering a campaign framework & rdquor ;.
Thus, regarding the times for the installation of devices announced by the consistory, the Councilor for Education, David Quirós, points out that this week they should finish closing the matter with the Department and explain it to the schools, which in the end will be those who will be in charge of applying for subsidies and of talk to the local installers union to plan facilities. “It is not to arrive and put fans. We are talking about air conditioners, with air renewal… they will be complex interventions that will affect on a day-to-day basis”, Quirós points out. “We know that it will not be 10 days, but the machinery has already started up & rdquor ;, he adds.
Thus, during the plenary, Belver also commented that the municipal government “has spoken with the Guild of Installers” of the city to “expedite the conditioning of these educational centers before the end of this course“.
Conflict between government partners in Badalona
TO a month of the municipal electionsthe announcement of the Department of Education has raised blisters among the four groups that make up the government of the City Hall of badalona. And it is that among the hundred centers where the Generalitat will install air conditioners there is none in Badalona. Faced with this situation, the mayor of the fourth city of Catalonia, Ruben Guijarro (PSC), affirmed this Wednesday in networks that he had requested the ‘minister’ Cambray “an urgent meeting in the face of this intolerable grievance.” “No child will be hot this summer at their school in Badalona“, he added. For his part, the only councilor of together in the consistory, david torrentswas also critical of the Generalitat’s measures: “I think that treating the fourth city in the country like this is not acceptable! They must be things of the new Republican Generalitat. Someone who has contacts with the party that governs the country, could do something!“.
For his part, the leader and candidate of CKD in Badalona, Àlex Montornèscame out in defense of the measure announced by the Generalitat: “The criteria have been objective and technical as it should be in a modern administration, but the usual ones would like it to be with criteria that are not so transparent”, reproached the mayor, who took advantage of his intervention on social media to say that, in case to be elected mayor“I promise that next summer Badalona’s primary schools are adequate to the climate emergency.
The party was joined by the councilor and candidate for In Comú Podem in the city, Aïda Llauradó: “I will not make electoral promises saying that if I am mayor I will put air conditioners in all the centers of the city, because, first, is the responsibility of the Generalitat and, second, you have to assess what this means and what the priorities are”.