Friday, 15 December 2017

Our View (5-12-2017): Don’t forget the little guys

ANOTHER school year is quickly coming to an end. Final reports will be handed to pupils next week while year 12 students have to wait until their SACE results are returned on December 19.

Several schools on Yorke Peninsula have had a good year with some extra cash injected by the state government.

Last year, Kadina Memorial and Moonta Area Schools received $3.5million each to establish science, technology, engineering and mathematics facilities – a huge boon for the region in a vitally important sector.

This year, perhaps due to the looming election, the state government has announced several new projects.

The Building Better Schools program delivered $7million to KMS and Moonta to improve, refurbish and extend their capacity.

This program was targeted at schools with more than 300 students  in need of works to temporary buildings.

Wallaroo Mines Primary School was thrilled to receive $50,000 to establish a music, band and choir program late last month while Catholic and independent schools are hopeful of seeing increased funding, also announced in November.

This is all wonderful news for the region as improved facilities and new opportunities can only be a good thing. I’m not begrudging the larger schools on northern YP for attracting funding – the process is no doubt complex and they do deserve it.

The state government has said it wants to spend its money where the most students will get the most value out of it. In the case of STEM facilities, the minister said the aim was to create opportunities for students without facilities to utilise those which do.

This is great in theory, except when you look at the logistics of getting students from around YP.

It does take a lot of money to get things done these days (architects, contractors, et cetera) but how much could other schools have benefited if some of that BBS refurbishment money had been spent elsewhere?

Rhiannon Koch, Acting editor

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