Classrooms over stadiums


State MP for Summer Hill, Jo Haylen and Opposition Education spokesperson Jihad Dib.

Story appeared in: Inner West Times | May 16th, 2018



MORE than 100,000 students across the state are attending classes in demountables that are more than 20 years old, documents released to Labor under freedom of information laws have revealed.
The documents reveal 4,182 demountables across the state are over 20 years old, including 25 in the Summer Hill electorate. Over 75 per cent of local schools in the electorate of Summer Hill, which includes suburbs like Ashbury, Dulwich Hill and Marrickville, are at, or are approaching full capacity.
State MP for Summer Hill, Jo Haylen was joined by Opposition Education spokesperson Jihad Dib in calling on the NSW Government to commit to building new classrooms instead of stadiums.
It comes as the Government insists on proceeding with its $2.3 billion stadium splurge as it continues its campaign to prioritise stadiums over NSW schools.
"The Government is treating demountables as a permanent solution for overcrowding in our schools," Ms Haylen said.
"It's a lazy solution to a problem that's will just going to get worse as they over-develop our suburbs."
Since 2010, the Government says that 2,151 of the demountables across the state have been refurbished since 2010 - leaving half of them (2,031 demountable) still in their 20 plus year condition.
As well, the document shows that the Government has spent $870,000 carting demountables around the state rather than spending that money on building new schools or bricks and mortar classrooms.
Education Minister Rob Stokes says School Infrastructure NSW has released a comprehensive stocktake of its current strategic deployment of demountable classrooms as it undergoes the largest school infrastructure building boom in the history of the state. Mr Stokes emphasised that there were more students attending government schools than ever before.
"This is why we are investing $4.2 billion into major school infrastructure over the next four years, the largest single commitment ever in the state's history," Mr Stokes said.



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