Big rise in students

Big rise in students

State Education Minister Peter Collier spoke about the program in Baldivis, with the booming suburb set to benefit more than any other in WA, with three new primary schools to accommodate the rapid growth in student numbers in the area.

Smirk Road is under construction and was announced to be ready for the 2015 school year, while new schools were announced for Rivergums, to be built in time for the 2016 school year, and Kerosene Lane, to be ready for 2017.

There will also be a new primary school in nearby Golden Bay for the start of the 2015 school year and new child and parent centres at Calista Primary School and East Waikiki Primary School.

Mr Collier said the new education infrastructure would support the rapidly growing population.

‘We have a record 283,000 students in public schools this year and are forecasting increases of about 3 per cent a year for the next few years,’ he said.

A milestone will also be reached next financial year when $19.5 million is spent to complete the State Government’s air-cooling program, meaning every public school in the State will be airconditioned.