NSW Inquiry hears of crowded Sydney public school with 18 knockdowns
A South West Sydney public school with 18 collapsible classrooms has become too much people to allow students to take lunch breaks together, reports the AAP.
Parents told a New South Wales parliamentary inquiry that some caregivers were arriving an hour early for school pickup and many parks were parking long distances Gledswood Hills Public School.
“At the moment, we have 18 removable devices on site… and there is not much room left for the children to play,” he added. Kate Laneyone parent at the school told the Education Infrastructure Delivery and Planning Survey:
They also separated the break times because there is not enough room for the children to play at the same time.
Parents arrive up to an hour before the bell rings to try to get a nearby parking space, parents Hanna Braga said. Braga and Laney said poor road planning and nearby construction meant B-double trucks were often driving on the road, and many parents found it dangerous.
Planned construction work that was due to start at nearby Gregory Hills Public School was due to open next year, but a government update last month said it was too early to say when it would be finished. The final design has not been delivered and a contractor has not yet been appointed.
green marka former assistant principal, told the inquest that the first stage lacked vital infrastructure, including a school hall, an open play area, and had a temporary basketball court as its only sports facility.
Labor education spokesperson, clean car, said the government failed to deliver on its 2021-22 budget promises for 113 school infrastructure projects, an underspending of $1.26 billion.
The Minister of Education, Sarah Mitchell, dismissed the comments as “the latest chapter in Labour’s continuing efforts to distract from the record school building program currently underway in New South Wales”.
The government is investing $17.7 billion to build new and upgraded schools, she said.