Future of Tuart College up in the air after funding pulled

Education Minister Sue Ellery chats with students.
Education Minister Sue Ellery chats with students.

THE future of a Tuart Hill school is uncertain after the State Government cut education funding.

Education Minister Sue Ellery announced big cuts to the Education Department on WednesdayDec 13 in a bid to help reduce the State Budget deficit.

Under the changes, Tuart College will be repurposed and students will no longer be enrolled.

The statement said the school would be retained by the department, with a decision yet to be made on its future use.

Balcatta MLA David Michael said the Minister made the “regrettable decision” because of the dire situation of State finances.

“Now, we the community need to have a conversation about what the future of Tuart College should be,” he said.

“I will speak with the principal, the board and the community so that we can come up with the best ideas.

“Once we have done that, I will fight to make sure our community is listened to.”

The school offers programs for students over the age of 16 to complete equivalent Year 11 and Year 12 schooling in an adult environment, and options for alternative entry to university.