Junta stalls as schoolchildren shiver

PARENTS of children at Miguel Hernandez school in San Pedro, Costa del Sol, have raised the alarm over electrical problems and lack of heating within the school buildings.

Carmen Villalobos, head of the school’s parents’ association, complained of the state of the electrical system and the resulting lack of heating, stating that in one building a heater can only be plugged-in in one of the eight classrooms at a time or the power cuts out.

Francisca Perez, mother of a four-year-old girl at the school, also complained of faulty pipes: “Last week a pipe broke and flooded my daughter’s classroom so they had to have their lessons in the entrance hall.”

Parents said that many children are not going to school because of the cold and teachers have told girls not to wear skirts as trousers will keep them warmer.

Villalobos said that the school management had been requesting renovation work for more than a decade, yet the council claimed it was not its responsibility and the Junta de Andalucia regional government failed to respond.

Meanwhile a Junta spokesman stated that technicians had visited the premises and were creating a report on the centre’s needs.

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