Parata gives Aranui cluster more time

TINA LAW
Last updated 15:17 13/11/2012
Hekia Parata
KEVIN STENT/Fairfax NZ
MORE TIME: Education Minister Hekia Parata

Relevant offers

National

Car hits house after U-turn from checkpoint in Hamilton Police kill knife-wielding man in Porirua after domestic dispute callout in Waikanae New Zealander Sam Kerr killed in avalanche in Japan Man arrested over burglary of Hamilton motel room after allegedly convincing staff to give him access Man arrested after firing shotgun during Hawke's Bay domestic incident Police are investigating a stabbing in Nelson Mother and son reward friend's charity with kicks to the head Sea Shepherd's Steve Irwin docks in Dunedin after taking on whaling fleet Million-dollar real estate agent claims losing his Aston Martin would cause 'extreme hardship' Police confirm Manawatu river death

Education Minister Hekia Parata is giving five Christchurch schools extra time to respond to her plan to close them down and create a super school.

Parata announced today she is extending the December 7 consultation deadline for Avondale Primary, Aranui Primary, Aranui High, Chisnallwood Intermediate and Wainoni Schools until March 7 next year.

The deadline remains the same for the remaining 34 schools proposed to close and merge.

The move comes just weeks after Parata refused a request by the five principals to extend the deadline.

Parata said she decided to extend the consultation time for the Aranui cluster only due to its complexity, the fact that there is one proposal for all five schools and that the creation of a new facility is not proposed until after 2017.

The Government is proposing to create a year 1 to 13 school, possibly at Wainoni Park, in Hampshire St.

The idea has sparked opposition from the school communities who are concerned about young children going to school with 17-year-olds.

Parata said throughout her meetings with 35 schools, some were emphatic they did not want the timeframe to be extended, others wanted it to be extended to various times, and one school asked for a 5-year moratorium.

''Of the 35 schools, there was no consensus. It was apparent to me that a lot of the schools were getting on with their submissions and were seeking certainty.''

The ministry has already received submissions from three schools, she said.

Ad Feedback

- The Press

Comments

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content