Schools to hear fate 'face to face'

The fate of 31 Christchurch schools will be delivered "face to face" by Ministry of Education representatives.

Minister Hekia Parata met principals from the affected schools yesterday to discuss how they wanted to receive information on the future of the schools affected by the Government's education overhaul.

Although the ministry has not completely decided the future of each school, Parata confirmed there would closures and mergers.

She will announce her decisions on Monday, February 18.

"We have learned a lesson from the way we conveyed information in September," she said. "We want to ensure we provide very comprehensive information for these schools. It is going to be much more specifically what they asked for."

Ouruhia Model School principal Mark Ashmore-Smith said he was pleased the ministry took on board that the schools' preferred choice was to receive the news at their own site.

The Press