Perth Modern parents, students protest against high-rise inner-city school

Protesters gather at Parliament. Photo: Jon Bassett
Perth Modern parents, students protest against high-rise inner-city school
Protesters gather at Parliament. Photo: Jon Bassett

ABOUT 250 Perth Modern students and parents gathered at Parliament this afternoon, protesting against the proposed move of their school to a high-rise building in the CBD.

“We want a place where breeze isn’t supplied by the vents of an air conditioner,” year 8 student Abhinav Givinday said.

Parents say they have not been consulted, and object to no playing fields at the CityLink site.

A 6000-signature petition has been given to the Opposition to table in Parliament next month.

Under the plan, Perth Modern would become a general high school to cope with a lack of new State school classrooms in the western suburbs.

However, parents are concerned about the health of students at any inner-city school without grounds, and at which elevators are used to get to class rooms

The petition also asks for consultation, and for evidence-based strategies to be used to plan high schools.

Education Minister Sue Ellery has been contacted.

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