Redcliffs School closure decision
Education Minister Hekia Parata has made an interim decision to close Redcliffs School due to concerns about the unstable cliff face behind the school site. The school has been sharing a site with the Van Asch Deaf Education Centre since the 2011 earthquakes.
“This is not the decision that many have been hoping for”, says Port Hills-based National List MP Nuk Korako. “A majority of those who have approached me have supported the school’s return, and that is something I have conveyed very strongly to the Minister.”
“But the Minister had to be convinced that moving the school back to the Redcliffs site would not lead to disruption of students’ education in the future. Advice from technical experts clearly shows that cannot be ruled out,” says Mr Korako.
“I want to acknowledge the students, parents, staff and Board of Trustees of Redcliffs School, who have fought very hard to reopen the school at its original site,” Mr Korako says.
“It has been heartening to see the community coming together to support the school, and today’s decision is going to be hard for them. I have made myself available to assist the school and community throughout the consultation process, and I will continue to do so,” says Korako.
“The decision the Minister has made, although disappointing to many in the community, has been based on ensuring stability of education for current and future students. This is an outcome that should not be compromised.”
The Minister’s interim decision marks the beginning of another period of consultation with the Redcliffs School board, who will now be able to provide any further reasons they have in favour of the school remaining open.
The Ministry of Education report and supporting information is available here: http://shapingeducation.govt.nz/read-more-2/recent-announcements