Stu­dent num­bers on min­is­ter agenda

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

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.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Sue Ellery chats to Kar­ratha Se­nior High School stu­dent Se­lena Smith, 14, dur­ing her schools tour last week.

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