las public schools of United Kingdom find solutions to spend the winter, how to reduce heating, Implement or bundle up a four-day week because of growing up Increase in electricity cost.
The rising bill is “huge”, says Rachel Warwick, who runs three schools in the south of England. “We are looking for an additional 900,000 pounds (over a million dollars), not a budget, it’s a huge pressure”, he explained.
generally, their annual gas cost You Electricity £250,000, but this year bill increased to £1.1 million.
inflation in uk has been shot And in July it rose more than 10% year-on-year, its highest level in 40 years and the highest among the G7 countries of advanced economies such as:
and in anticipation New increase in the price of energy The situation is in danger of getting worse.
Families are protected by a government-imposed rate cap, although this will increase by 80% in October. However, this limit does not apply to companies or public institutions.
Inflation affected education sector
The crisis affects all sectors, One of them is education.
After two years marked by the COVID-19 pandemic, directors have to manage a new crisis, with the budget set first Ukrainian War And this Rising energy prices.
Difficult decisions in education in the UK
“From what I hear from other schools, prices will double or even triple,” School Principals Union President Paul Gosling says seam and the headmaster of an elementary school exmouth In South of England.
loss School establishments will also have to finance a 5% increase of the salary of its employees declared by government in summer without any additional funding from the state.
“Books cost more, food costs more, everything is more expensive”The founder of Steve Chalke insists Oasis School Group, Which has 52 establishments.
Faced with this situation, directors look for ways to save. “These are difficult decisions” Chalk regrets, who Thoughts on increasing the capacity of classes, Cancel field trips or turn down the heat a degree or two.
“Some people suggest going on a four-day week. Shut down school for a day. But we can’t. If not, how will the parents go to work?” She wondered.
dress up hot in schools
Rachel Warwick Predicts Reduce energy consumption in schools of “One is 30% in 20”. “We’ll turn down the heat, we’ll turn off the lights. We will ask students and staff to wear warm clothes. But that doesn’t exactly match the savings we have to make”, tells.
Sector workers will meet the future prime minister, who will be elected on Monday. “All public services will need to put a cap on prices”, As is already the case with individuals, Paul Gosling points out.
“If the government does nothing, schools will try to balance their budgets by cutting costs through staff cuts”. “It’s not right because it will affect the education children get,” Opinion
The Ministry of Education says that it is “Aware of inflationary pressures facing schools” and insist that the government has increased “It’s funding this year is £4bn.”
The ministry said in a statement that it has also provided recommendations on electricity supply deals to schools.
During his campaign for the post of Prime Minister, The two finalists, Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak, promised to help the schools.
“We are in this position because we have decided to support Ukrainians. In doing so, there is certainly a price to be paid, but there is no reason why children should pay it.” manifiesta Steve Chalke.