Funding cuts concern

Fremantle has four high schools, two of which are private Catholic schools while John Curtin College of the Arts prioritises enrolment for students interested in undertaking arts studies.

Parents have been lobbying for months for more options for secondary schooling, with South Fremantle the only truly public local high school.

In the Legislative Assembly last Monday, Premier Colin Barnett said there was a shortage of high quality academic programs and choice in Fremantle and Armadale, with the news on Tuesday that 500 education staff would be axed as part of funding cuts.

Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk said she was concerned about South Fremantle Senior High School.

‘There has been major investment in the school, including a $4.5 million trade training section being opened next week,’ she said.

‘It is staggering the Government allows this investment to take place but has now announced (possible) closures.

‘Many residents raised their children’s education prospects with me as their primary concern in Fremantle.’

Education Minister Peter Collier said no decision had been made and would be subject to Cabinet consideration.

‘The department is investigating strategies to enhance secondary schooling in the Fremantle area and once these have been considered, I will be in the position to consult with the community regarding possible changes,’ he said.

‘It is vital the opinions of the local community are heard before decisions are made and I will ensure this happens.’