Colleges still awaiting report on their future

Blenheim's colleges remain in limbo without a timeframe from the Ministry of Education of when decisions would be made on a report determining their future.

The ministry had been unable to confirm a date the report on the future of Blenheim's secondary schooling would be delivered to Education Minister Hekia Parata, other than saying they hoped they would hand it to her early this week.

An Education Ministry spokeswoman could also not elaborate on dates for any future action, saying it depended on the time needed by the minister. "The minister will need time to read the report thoroughly and consider it before deciding what to do next," she said.

The ministry could also not confirm if the minister would meet with the principals of the Marlborough boys' and girls' colleges during her visit to the region this week.

Kaikoura MP Colin King was excited that the minister was visiting the region this week and not disappointed that she would not receive the report before her visit.

He said he understood the process and respected that it would take some time once she received the report before any action was taken.

In the meantime, the community "needs to be clear about what they want and stand by it".

National electorate candidate for Kaikoura Stuart Smith said he would be raising the colleges with the minister during her visit.

"The minister has to follow due process, and this is sometimes a slow process, but what's most important is that we get the best possible outcome for education in Marlborough."

The Marlborough Express