MORE THAN 4,000 DEMOUNTABLE CLASSROOMS IN NSW ARE OVER 20 YEARS OLD

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More than one hundred thousand NSW public school students are being taught in demountables that are over 20 years old.

Documents released to Labor under freedom of information laws reveal that 4,182 demountables across the state are over 20 years old.

It comes as the Berejiklian Government insists on proceeding with its $2.3 billion stadium splurge and continues its campaign to prioritise stadiums over NSW schools.

The documents also reveal that Riverstone has the most demountable classrooms with 168 across the electorate, followed by Epping and Castle Hill (see table).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even though the Government claims 2,151 of these demountables have been refurbished since 2010, it has left almost half of them (2,031 demountables) still in their 20+ year condition.

Furthermore, the documents show that the Government has spent $870,000 carting demountables around the state rather than spending that money on building new schools or bricks and mortar classrooms.

Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley

“This Government has the wrong priorities – spending billions on stadiums and not building new schools.

“This explosion of demountables has left kids with barely a blade of grass to play on because we’ve run out of space.

“The Government is not building nearly enough new schools to cater for a growing school aged population.”

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Education Jihad Dib

“It’s hard to believe that students are sitting in more than 4,000 demountables that are older than 20 years.

“The Government is wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars simply shifting demountables around the state rather than building classrooms our students desperately need – it doesn’t make sense!

“A Labor Government will prioritise schools before stadiums.”