Student numbers on minister agenda
Solutions to rising student numbers and the pressure they are putting on facilities at Karratha’s biggest primary and secondary schools are being looked into by the Minister for Education and Training.
During a regional tour to Karratha last Friday, Education Minister Sue Ellery visited schools including Baynton West Primary and Karratha Senior High, both of which have struggled to accommodate consistently rising student numbers in the past few years and separately appealed to the State Government for more facilities.
The tour comes after members of the Baynton West Primary school board met with Ms Ellery last month to discuss solutions to the enrolment pressure they were under, with about 750 students now on their books.
Ms Ellery said how to accommodate booming student numbers at the area’s biggest primary and high school was a key issue on her visit.
“I’m meeting people like the school board chairs, the P and C presidents. . . and I’m meeting with the council . . . to talk about this issue too,” she said.
Education Minister Sue Ellery chats to Karratha Senior High School student Selena Smith, 14, during her schools tour last week.