Liberals Have Closed More Schools Than Opened As Long Promised Wentworth Point Built Late And Without Air Con


New analysis reveals that the Liberal Government has closed down more schools than it has opened, as one long promised school in Western Sydney is finally built but without air conditioning.

Figures from the NSW Department of Education reveal that the Liberals have closed 22 more schools than they have opened since coming to office in 2011.

Last year, Education Minister Rob Stokes promised that the Liberal Government would deliver a dozen new schools every year.

But not one comprehensive public school was built last year and only one is expected to be completed in 2018 - Wentworth Point Public School.

For five state budgets in a row – from 2012-2016 – the Coalition promised that a school would open at Wentworth Point by day one of 2017. It will finally open, a full 12 months late, tomorrow.

Despite the school being described as having “state of the art facilities”, air conditioning is not being built into the new classrooms – while temperatures in the area reach into the mid-forties during the summer months.

Last week, Education Minister Rob Stokes admitted his government is not making air-conditioning in schools a priority despite Western Sydney already sweltering through record heat this summer.

The Wentworth Point community has been desperately awaiting the arrival of the new school, with nearby Newington Public School bursting at the seams and packed full of demountable classrooms.

When NSW Labor was last in government, on average five new schools were completed each year.  In comparison the Liberals have opened on average just two a year since they came to power.

Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley 

“Kids are heading back into schools this week that are overcrowded and hot. Students and teachers deserve to be in environments that are conducive to learning.

“This is a broken promise by the Education Minister – he has not delivered a dozen new schools and he’s not even close.

“The Liberal Government needs to sort out its priorities. The billions it is spending knocking down and rebuilding two Sydney stadiums should go to schools and hospitals; they come first and will always do so under a Labor government.”