Inner schools a high priority – Sunday Herald Sun

IN THE early 1990s, it was fashionable to shut and sell high schools in many inner-city suburbs.

Families were moving into the growth corridors and the money was needed elsewhere, so the theory went.

But in 2011, this policy is looking shortsighted.

Today, many suburbs stripped of high schools are on the cusp of a wave of secondary students.

Thousands of extra children are working their way through the primary system and within a few years will be looking for secondary schools to attend. But they don’t exist. Some parents will opt for expensive private schools.

The Baillieu Government must address this looming crisis as a matter of urgency.

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Picture: Norm Oorloff. Herald Sun
Many suburbs stripped of high schools are on the cusp of a wave of secondary students. Picture: Norm Oorloff. Herald Sun