The Scottish government has proposed a £4.3 million package to address “persistently high CO2 levels” in some classrooms across the country. Under the plan, £300,000 will be devoted to cutting the bottom of the classroom doors; in order to “increase airflow” and reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
According to Scottish Education Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville, there are about 2,000 classrooms with “problematic” ventilation. In a letter to Holyrood’s education committee, Somerville indicated the expected costs of improving air quality. Notable figures: £1.6 million for air filters; £2.4 million for mechanical fans and £300,000 for ‘undercut’ doors to increase airflow.
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The cost will be borne by an additional £5 million. However, the cost “will vary significantly in practice”; But they are based on estimates from municipalities that found that 2% to 4% of rooms are “problematic spaces” with very high levels of C02.
“Based on informal feedback from local authorities, we estimate that only a small number of learning, teaching or play locations will have persistently high CO2 levels. The main objective of the mitigation activity is to provide regular monitoring of CO2 and to improve ventilation. There should be related corrective actions (ie the introduction of fresh air into the spaces) ».
Meghan Gallacher, the Scottish Conservative shadow minister for children, told The Telegraph: “If this problem hadn’t been so serious, it would have been hard to laugh at this crazy proposal from the SNP.” “Is it seriously the policy of the Scottish Government to address the problem of ventilation in classrooms under classroom doors?”
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Willie Rainey, education spokesman for the Scottish Liberal Democrats, said: ‘Instead of installing an air filter in every classroom, the Education Secretary’s solution is to send a handyman to break down the classroom doors. We are two years after the pandemic and three times in this school year. But now only the Scottish government has acknowledged that there is a problem with thousands of classrooms. Yet this may just be the tip of the iceberg.”
“Opening windows and breaking doors in winter is an insult to the thousands of teachers and students who deserve better solutions to ventilation problems. Air filters can play a long-term solution by reducing the spread of other infections and improving conditions for a good education. The Education Secretary should take ventilation more seriously and speed up the search for an adequate solution.”
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