fbpx
The annual Global Impact Conference 2022 brings together visionary business leaders to revolutionize educational systems and inspire collaborative actionRead more APO Group announces content partnership with Pan-African broadcaster VoxAfricaRead more MainOne, an Equinix Company’s MDXi Appolonia Achieves Tier III Constructed Facility certification (TCCF), Now Most Certified Data Center in GhanaRead more United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) warns rising tide of hunger, insecurity, and underfunding worsening gender-based violence risksRead more The Royal Thai Embassy presents the cultures of Thailand at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Festival in KenyaRead more Climate change is the biggest global threat, young people in Africa and Europe tell European Investment Bank (EIB), Debating Africa and Debating EuropeRead more $2 million in prizes awarded at Conference of the Parties (COP27) to African youth-led businessesRead more Africa and Europe’s top business and public sector leaders gather to chart Africa’s economic rebirthRead more The Thai delegation’s active participation at the 145th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in KigaliRead more Canon shares winning image of its Redline Challenge competition 2022Read more

UK schools struggle amid soaring energy bills, cost of living

show caption
Print Friendly and PDF

Nov 19, 2022 - 01:44 AM

ISTANBUL (AA) – Soaring energy bills and the rising cost of living in the UK are being felt in schools across the country, with some experts warning that pupils might have to wear coats in classrooms, British media outlets reported Thursday.

Richard Evans, the CEO of Vale Academy Trust, which is responsible for eight schools in Oxford and Abingdon, said that the staff and students at a group of schools are facing a “hard choice” between teaching and heating.

“I don’t want to be sensationalist but it’s about reducing the time the heating is on, restricting the heating is an option we have to explore,” Evans was quoted by the BBC as saying.

“We haven’t as a trust decided yet what we have to do. But we might have to ask children to wear their coats in classrooms too, like we did in Covid times.”

He said that each primary school is facing an increase of £40,000 ($47,575) in heating and staffing costs, adding: “And for the secondary schools it’s in the region of £300,000 each, depending on staff numbers.”

Telling how the school budgets were set in April and so do not take into account the record 11.1% inflation, Evans said: “We have a rising number of children with special needs and they have to be supported, so we have to employ more staff, so those costs are going up.”

Britain’s Treasury chief on Thursday confirmed that Britain is officially in recession.

On Wednesday, it was announced that inflation hit a 41-year-high at 11.1%, further escalating an already bitter cost-of-living crisis.

  • bio
  • twitter
  • facebook
  • latest posts

MAORANDCITIES.COM uses both Facebook and Disqus comment systems to make it easier for you to contribute. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles and blog posts. All comments should be relevant to the topic. By posting, you agree to our Privacy Policy. We are committed to maintaining a lively but civil forum for discussion, so we ask you to avoid personal attacks, name-calling, foul language or other inappropriate behavior. Please keep your comments relevant and respectful. By leaving the ‘Post to Facebook’ box selected – when using Facebook comment system – your comment will be published to your Facebook profile in addition to the space below. If you encounter a comment that is abusive, click the “X” in the upper right corner of the Facebook comment box to report spam or abuse. You can also email us.