The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has conveyed to the Andrews Labor Government the concerns of many Greater Shepparton parents regarding the Shepparton Education Plan. The plan will see the four current secondary schools amalgamate into one large secondary school to be built on the present Shepparton High school site.
Speaking during an adjournment debate in State Parliament directed to the Minister for Education James Merlino, Ms Lovell called on the Minister to pause the plan until proper consultation was carried out with parents and students to establish a consensus on the future of secondary education in Greater Shepparton.
In her contribution, Ms Lovell highlighted the lack of community consultation carried out by the State Government throughout the process. Initial information sessions were poorly advertised and many sessions were scheduled during the day, which resulted in poor parent attendance and engagement.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“I have had many Greater Shepparton parents contact me with concerns over the planned amalgamation of the four current public secondary schools into one large school.
“Issues raised regarding the planned new school include the lack of adequate government funding, poor consultation with parents, the forced relocation next year of students from their current school to a different campus and the lack of choice in secondary education that comes with amalgamating four schools into one school.
“I urge the Minister to immediately pause the amalgamation plans and listen to the concerns of the community ensuring proper consultation is conducted with parents and students to establish a consensus on the number of secondary colleges they want in the Shepparton community.”
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