Five parties in education and construction are asking the government to invest in good school buildings. Good school buildings are necessary to be able to offer good education, say the PO Council, VO Council, Association of Dutch Municipalities (VNG), Bouwend Nederland and Techniek Nederland. This is reported by the PO Council.
The indoor climate in many primary and secondary schools is substandard, the organizations say. There is insufficient light, air, the temperature cannot be regulated properly or the acoustics do not benefit education. Such factors play a role in the health of teachers and students. Moreover, the learning performance of children and young people is better if they are taught in a good indoor climate.
Money is needed for good school buildings, but school boards and municipalities are struggling with shortages. “This is not money for golden taps, but for functional, healthy, fresh and sustainable buildings in which we can provide good education to children,” says Vice-President Anko van Hoepen of the PO Council. He argues for flexible school buildings, because modern education is more inclusive and increasingly includes Integrated Child Centers (IKCs). However, this requires additional investment from the government. Van Hoepen calls on the future cabinet to make money available for good and sustainable school buildings, with better energy labels.
The five parties call on the cabinet to speed up: in thirty years’ time, 310 schools must be renewed every year to make them healthy, safe, energy neutral, natural gas-free, accessible and functional. There are now 124 each year.
By: National Education Guide
‘Invest in good, healthy school buildings’
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