A few weeks ago, the Government announced it will close 7 schools in Christchurch as a result of the earthquakes. Â It really wouldn’t have happened for any other reason.
The MSM, unions and opposition went nanas, suggesting the Government had no compassion. Â At the time I asked what on earth they were going on about.
Today, the Government announced it is opening 15 other schools in the greater Christchurch region over the next ten years, starting with an 800 pupil school in Rangiora.
A new school for up to 800 children will be built in West Rangiora by 2017, the Government says.
The school is one of 15 new schools to be built or rebuilt in greater Christchurch in the next 10 years as part of the Government’s $1 billion investment in education in the region.
The West Rangiora school for Year 1-8 students would help meet the ”faster than forecast” roll growth in region, Waimakariri MP Kate Wilkinson said. Â
“It is still in the very early planning stages – a site is still to be identified and design and construction timeframes confirmed Â - Â but the school is currently projected to be needed by 2017,” she said.
The announcement comes after plans were revealed last month for the rebuild of quake-damaged Halswell Primary School and construction of the new Waikuku School in Pegasus to commence in April.
Both were expected to be finished early next year.
It doesn’t suit the opposition narrative, so they are very, very quiet about it. Â It doesn’t suit the NZEI’s or PPTA’s narrative, so you won’t hear a peep. Â And the MSM, although they will report it, won’t be whipping this story into a Class 5 hurricane, with a professionally emotional John Campbell being our de-facto Father of the Nation demanding Justice for the Innocent Children.
The Government closes 7 schools due to the earthquake, and now it will open 15 new schools due to populations having shifted and general population growth.
But what is the final impression the public are left with?