Member of Lions Club – State Parliament
Victoria’s Education Minister has yet again been asked to see first-hand the deplorable state of the library and classrooms at the Bairnsdale Secondary College that are still waiting for the second stage upgrade of the College’s facilities.
Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull, has reminded the Minister of both his and the Bairnsdale Secondary College school council’s long-standing invitations to visit the college.
“The Liberal Nationals funded and built stage one when in government and committed to stage two pre-election, but it has disappointingly been totally ignored by this Minister, who won’t even visit despite saying he would three years ago,” Mr Bull said.
“Today’s students are being educated in a half-finished facility with a library that leaks whenever there is heavy rain and where classroom walls are covered in mould.
“The Minister has twice agreed to my invitations to visit, but it doesn’t happen. He doesn’t follow through.
“The first of those was in 2015 when he said he would visit when ‘his schedule permits’ and the second time was in May 2016 when he said he would visit in the ‘near future’. Neither promise has been followed through.
“He needs to stop making these weak excuses for not coming to Bairnsdale and discovering for himself the poor standard of the school’s facilities,” Mr Bull said.
The Bairnsdale Secondary College is a major provider of VCE, VET and VCAL certificates in Bairnsdale with 1,162 students currently enrolled. Student numbers have increased by 20% in the past five years.
Thursday, May 24, 2018