To address the large number of local students choosing not to attend the Greater Shepparton Secondary College, the Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has called on the Andrews Labor Government to provide school bus services so Greater Shepparton students can attend public secondary schools in nearby towns.
Speaking during the adjournment debate in State Parliament, Ms Lovell asked Acting Premier James Merlino to ensure the establishment of adequate bus services from Greater Shepparton for these students to attend secondary schools in Kyabram, Nathalia, Numurkah and Echuca-Moama.
In her contribution Ms Lovell said the controversial decision by the Andrews Labor Government to close the four public secondary schools in Shepparton and Mooroopna and open the one-campus Greater Shepparton Secondary College has caused a myriad of problems in the local community.
As a result, many students and parents have decided to leave Greater Shepparton Secondary College and with no other public secondary school available in Shepparton and all private schools already at capacity, families are having to drive to Numurkah, Kyabram, Nathalia and Echuca-Moama to access both public and private alternatives.
With a lack of school bus services from Greater Shepparton to these towns, most parents are forced to drive a one-hour round trip twice a day to deliver their children to school with some parents driving up to three hours twice per day.
Ms Lovell said as Education Minister, Mr Merlino was responsible for creating this situation for many local students and called on him to establish of adequate school bus services from Greater Shepparton to these towns.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“There has been a mass exodus of students from the Greater Shepparton Secondary College who now attend secondary school in other outlying towns and parents are forced to drive hours each day because there are no school bus services or public transport options from Shepparton to these schools.
“The Acting Premier must relieve this burden on Greater Shepparton families and ensure the establishment of adequate school bus services from Shepparton to secondary schools in Numurkah, Kyabram, Nathalia and Echuca-Moama.”
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