Christchurch school leaders are in shock after learning of the Government’s plans for closing and merging schools. Thirteen are to close, while 18 will merge as a result of recent earthquakes in the region.
Education Minister Hekia Parata made the announcement at the Lincoln Events Centre on Thursday afternoon, saying the Government will spend $1 billion in the next 10 years renewing the education system in Christchurch and the surrounding area.
The reorganisation comes in the face of an earthquake repair bill of up to $750 million and the loss of 4500 students.
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