The Canberra Times is running another story about the school closures, this time extensively quoting Ian Morgan of the Save Our Schools lobby group.
Dr Morgan is concerned the threat of school closures is causing chaos in enrolments for next year, with parents unsure of if their children’s school will close or not trying to get them enrolled in other “safe” schools. I know that this happened last year when the closure of Ginninderra High was first mentioned as a possibility, with many students re-enrolling in other schools for the second semester.
One of Dr Morgan’s main concerns is that with the priority enrolment areas for schools changing (as schools are closed), out-of-area students currently attending “safe” schools may lose their places to kids from closed schools.
“This is a really messy process. The Government has announced a decision that is not quite a decision, which leaves schools with massive uncertainty,” Dr Morgan said.
Obviously I am not privy to Government policiy, but I would have thought that once you are enrolled at a school, you would be entitled to stay there. I went to an out-of-area high school and was not required to re-enroll each year, so why would this change now?
Dr Morgan also has quibbles with student numbers supplied by the Government. According to his reading of them, some 300 students mysteriously disappear from the inner North area.