QUES­TIONS MARK SCHOOL CHOICE

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

PAR­ENT de­ci­sions on where to send their chil­dren to be ed­u­cated is one of the most im­por­tant in a child’s life. So when Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Peter Col­lier an­nounced in 2014 the need for an ad­di­tional sec­ondary school in the western sub­urbs to deal with overcrowding, par­ents felt they did not need to worry. The min­is­ter then told a par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee in 2015 that ne­go­ti­a­tions were well un­der­way to take over the for­mer City Beach High School site by 2019, all the time while the In­ter­na­tional School of WA had a ten­ancy un­til 2027. Par­ents have now been told there will be a de­lay, and an in­crease of 2000 stu­dents for Church­lands Se­nior High School and Shen­ton Col­lege will be ex­pected. Mr Col­lier be­lieves $90mil­lion worth of ex­ten­sions to both schools will be enough to deal with that, de­spite his com­ments last year that both schools were al­ready “bur­geon­ing at the seams”. There is no money in the bud­get for a new school and there isn’t a site for it, so will an­other school be built? Par­ents are be­ing left in limbo with no cer­tainty as to where their child will go. Lisa Thomas - reporter

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