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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1993 Week 08 Hansard (Tuesday, 17 August 1993) . . Page.. 2330 ..


MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING

LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY QUESTION.

QUESTION NO 692

Griffith Primary School - Closure

MR CORNWELL - asked the Minister for Education and Training on notice on 11 May 1993:

In relation to the closure of Griffith Primary School and your comment (Hansard, 24 March, page 718):

"There was some obvious long term decline as the population changed, but for reasons that I am still assessing, the community decided that it did not want to enrol its children at that school any more."

(1) When do you expect to complete this assessment.

(2) Will copies be made available to interested people, including myself.

MR WOOD - the answer to Mr Cornwells question is:

(1) There was a comprehensive review of difficulties

& encountered at the school in 1992. Items considered (2) included:

problems in playground; some instances of racist behaviour; erosion of peer group; insufficient access to senior staff; reduced curriculum options; and extensive-composite classes

My comments is the Assembly, to which Mr Cornwell refers, did not imply any further formal assessment. Because I was much involved in the process, I was establishing my view on the circumstances that created the further difficulty early in 1993 that led to the suspension of operations at the Griffith campus.

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