The State Government has succumbed to pressure from concerned families and from industry, announcing that amongst other reversals, the Schools of the Air (SOTA) will remain operational in regional Western Australia and the Northam Residential College will remain open.
In a media statement released this afternoon, the McGowan Government acknowledged they had made a rushed decision last month that had left many people feeling anxious and understandably distressed.
Minister for Education Sue Ellery also vowed that the changes announced today would ensure that every child will receive a high-quality education, regardless of where they live.
WAFarmers Senior Vice President Lyn Slade said the reversal, alongside confirmation that the closure of the Northam Residential College would be reversed, would help to restore confidence in the Labor Government’s commitment towards education.
“WAFarmers is delighted by the announcement made today from the McGowan Government to reverse a number of education saving measures, including the controversial closure of the Schools of the Air,” Mrs Slade said.
“We sincerely thank Minister Ellery and the Premier for listening to the concerns of those that this decision would affect and for recognising the devastating impact that closure of SOTA would have on isolated communities.