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Local schools suffer under Barnett

13 Feb 2014, by Paul Papalia in Community, Featured, Parliament

Today Paul Papalia, Member for Warnbro, said that local schools were amongst the worst impacted by Barnett government underspending in education with two primary schools in the top 7 across the state for number of temporary demountable classrooms.

Mr Papalia met with Gillian Wood, Chair of the Makybe Rise Primary School Board to discuss the critical situation.

“The Barnett government has mismanaged the education system and has failed to keep up with the need for more schools in the local area” said Mr Papalia.

“Makybe Rise, Comet Bay and Settlers Primary schools all have well over 1,000 enrolments this year and all have huge numbers of demountable classrooms.

“A new primary school at Rivergums is desperately needed to relieve the pressure but the Barnett government is yet to commit funding to the project.

“Makybe Rise Primary has the highest number of demountable classrooms in the state at 25.

“Comet Bay Primary is forced to use 17 demountable classrooms and kids at Settlers Primary are schooled in 15 of the temporary buildings.

“Premier Barnett has ripped $183 million from the Education budget this year and cut teacher and staff positions despite a record number of students entering our schools.

“Parents are learning a tough lesson; you simply can’t trust the Barnett government when it comes to Education.”