Car cares for student welfare

During a visit to Broken Hill on Tuesday, Minister for Education and Early Learning, Prue Car, said her priority was to speak to the teachers and staff of the affected schools and assure them the state government was listening to them, checking in on them, and asking how their students are doing.

“I can’t imagine how difficult this is for this community. It is a highly unusual series of events,” Minister Car said of the school closure due to a mould infestation.

“One thing I’ve learned, from talking to the Willyama and Broken Hill teachers for a short time is these teachers are putting everything else aside just to make sure the kids are okay, and we have to make sure our teachers remain okay as well.

“As a government, we will be committed to giving them whatever support they need. They are going to be shouldering a lot of this burden, as teachers do in our society, and if we didn’t have these incredible, hardworking, expert teachers at these schools, we wouldn’t be in this situation where there were kids on February 8 coming to school – yes, in a different way than they expected to – and getting a first-class public education.

“I can only say to the teachers, I’m in awe of what you’ve been able to do, and we will continue to support you in whatever way we have to.

“It is going to be a particular challenge and I know that parents of these children would be very concerned about children transitioning from Year 6 to Year 7 – that’s a big move as it is – and our students also doing their HSC,” the Minister said.

“The school leadership at Broken Hill and Willyama have been talking to the Department and to NESA (NSW Education Standards Authority) about what can happen in terms of the HSC and assisting students that may have disrupted learning.

“The overarching principle for us as a government is supporting the schools to ensure that no child is disadvantaged because this has happened through no fault of any one of those students, and they all deserve the best education possible. Every decision we make will be based on that premise.”

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