Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Interim decisions for 31 ChCh schools on Monday


Hon Hekia Parata
Minister of Education

15 February 2013 Media Statement
Interim decisions for 31 ChCh schools on Monday

Education Minister Hekia Parata will announce the interim decisions for 31 of the 38 greater Christchurch schools affected by the Government’s Education Renewal Plans in Christchurch on Monday.

“I would like to thank parents, students, teachers, principals, and wider school communities for the feedback they provided, particularly those who met me when I visited 35 of the affected schools late last year,” Ms Parata says.

“I appreciate the time they set aside to tell me their thoughts on the future of schooling in greater Christchurch. Their feedback helped me get a real sense of each community.

“What I can tell you about Monday’s announcement is that I have listened to feedback from parents and schools and made some changes to our proposals.”

The 31 affected schools have a total roll of about 5,500 kids, or 7.6 per cent of the school population in greater Christchurch. More than 80 per cent, or 177 of the 215 schools in greater Christchurch, are not affected by the Government’s proposal.

“The face and make-up of greater Christchurch has, and will, change dramatically due to the earthquakes, and schools need to respond to those changes as well.

“There were already around 5,000 places available in schools across greater Christchurch before the earthquakes. A further 4,300 children have not re-enrolled meaning there are now 9,300 places available – that’s roughly the same as the entire student population of Gisborne.

“The aftermath of the earthquakes gave us a chance to have a look at all the schools across greater Christchurch and see what we could do better.”

The 31 schools will be informed of the interim decisions first on Monday, at their schools as they have requested, before it is publicly announced at midday. Parents and caregivers can watch the media conference at midday on the website: shapingeducation.govt.nz.

A letter for parents will also be sent home with all the children at the 31 affected schools outlining the decisions and what it means for them. Information about each school will be available on the shapingeducation.govt.nz website.

An 0800 number has been set up, which parents can call if they have any questions. That number is 0800 746 338 and will be active from midday Monday. There is also a series of community meetings planned over the coming weeks.

“We appreciate that parents are busy and it might not be possible for some to hear the interim decisions directly from their schools so we have made sure there are plenty of avenues available where they can get the information they need.

“I acknowledge change is difficult and, in making these decisions, I am mindful the people and families of greater Christchurch have been through a lot.

“But we have a chance here to provide greater Christchurch with one of the best and most modern schooling networks in the country that will serve communities for many years to come, and help each and every child get a great education.”

Last week, Ms Parata announced work will begin on building the new $15 million Waikuku School in Pegasus, and on the $18 million complete rebuild of the earthquake-damaged Halswell Primary School in April.


Note to Editors

Please note that these are interim decisions and a period of consultation will take place before final decisions are made in late May.

Of the remaining seven schools out of the 38, two have already closed voluntarily at their request (Le Bons Bay and Hammersley), and five Aranui schools (Aranui, Avondale, Wainoni, Chisnallwood Intermediate, and Aranui High School) proposed for merger have been given an extended consultation period until 7 March 2013, due to the complexity of their situation.

________________________________________


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Parliament Today:

Werewolf: The Defence Pretence

Last year, the world began spending more money on weapons again, for the first time since 2011... New Zealand belongs to a region – Asia and Oceania – where military spending rose sharply in 2015, by 5.4 per cent. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Not Crying Foul, Argentina

So a couple of guys found to be criminally liable of environmental pollution in Argentina lodge an application with the Overseas Investment Office… in order to buy some prime New Zealand rural land. Seems that their factory back home had carelessly and/or intentionally discharged toxic waste into the Lujan river. Bummer... More>>

ALSO:

Urban & Rural: $303m To Merge And Modernise New Zealand’s Fire Services

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced funding of $303 million over five years to combine urban and rural fire services into one organisation from mid-2017. More>>

ALSO:

High Trust Regime: What Did The PM Tell His Lawyer About Foreign Trusts?

The Government stopped the IRD from reviewing New Zealand foreign trusts shortly after the Prime Minister’s lawyer wrote to the Revenue Minister claiming John Key had promised him the regime would not be changed. More>>

ALSO:

Road Crime: Wicked Campers Vans Classified As Objectionable

The definition of publication includes any "thing that has printed or impressed upon it, or otherwise shown upon it, 1 or more (or a combination of 1 or more) images, representations, signs, statements, or words", The Classification Office has previously classified such 'things' as billboards, t-shirts, and even a drink can. This is the first time the Classification Office has classified a vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

'When New' Repairs: Landmark EQC Settlement

The Earthquake Commission has cut a deal with 98 Canterbury homeowners that affirms the government entity's responsibility to repair earthquake-damaged property to a 'when new' state, as well as covering repairs for undamaged parts of a property and clarifying its position on cash settlement calculations. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Kiwirail’s Latest Stint In The Dogbox

The denigration of Kiwirail continues. The latest review (based on a 2014 assessment) of the options facing the company have enabled Kiwirail to be hung out to dry once again as a liability and burden on the taxpayer. More>>

ALSO:

Royal Society Report: Good Opportunities To Act Now On Climate Change

There are many actions New Zealand can and should take now to reduce the threat of climate change and transition to a low-carbon economy, a report released today by the Royal Society of New Zealand finds... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news