The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell is demanding the Andrews Labor Government explain the loss of more than 500 students from public secondary education in Shepparton.
Concerned about the number of students who may have been lost to the education system altogether, Ms Lovell will the raise the dramatic decline with Education Minister James Merlino in State Parliament next week seeking an investigation into the issue.
The My Schools website revealed that in 2018 the four previous public secondary schools, Wanganui Park Secondary College, Mooroopna Secondary College, McGuire College, and Shepparton High School, had a total student enrolment of 2645 students.
Ms Lovell said that since the closure of the four schools to create the one single campus school, the student enrolment had steadily declined each year to a reported current enrolment of 2135 students.
Ms Lovell said the Government must investigate the loss of 510 students from Public Education in Greater Shepparton and the reasons for the decline should be publicly reported. Greater Shepparton residents have a right to know where these students are and whether they have been lost to the education system altogether.
Ms Lovell said the decline in student numbers directly contradicted Mr Merlino’s Shepparton Education Plan document (ref Shepparton Education Plan 2018 Stage One Page 11) that predicted student numbers in government secondary school would reach 3117 by 2026.
Ms Lovell said the college had reportedly lost thirty-one students since the start of March this year, proving that the lack of choice imposed by the Andrews Labor Government and Suzanna Sheed continued to impact Greater Shepparton families.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“The loss of over 500 students from Greater Shepparton Secondary College since 2018 is extremely concerning and the Minister needs to investigate where these children have gone.
“It is clear the one school model does not suit all students and the community needs reassurance these young people have not been lost to the education system altogether.”