Education is a vital service, not a business
I am greatly concerned about the State Government’s planned closure of Moora Residential College.
There have been huge advancements in the local people’s education in the past 20 years.
By closing this school, a clear message is being sent to our young people — they do not matter. That is the last thing we need at this stage.
It is only common sense to realise that if we lose this facility we lose students and the school loses teachers, Aboriginal aides and connected services.
The next 10 years will see a reversal of the good that has occurred.
Education is not a business. It is a service we all pay taxes towards and, because we live in the country, we accept having to pay more to board our children.
This is not something any parent wishes and it is heartbreaking to do.
Premier Mark McGowan implies it is just Moora students affected. Yet the college takes students from far and wide.
It is the only Year 12 high school between Perth and Geraldton — a huge area.
As for the estimated $9 million needed to upgrade the college, this ridiculous figure has popped up conveniently this year and yet regular maintenance has been delayed, conveniently.
The building is still safe and being used, with an estimated cost of $162,000 overdue for repair.
What is the Government going to spend on bus services, roads and upkeep to get the kids to schools between 100km and 300km away?
Also, the schools suggested to accommodate the students are already close to full, with no room for the current students, let alone those coming through in years to come.
This closure does not affect me personally at this stage but it does affect the families and students I have taught and am teaching.
As well as the indigenous students of the future.
Shame on the Government.