Home' Tennant and District Times : 2016-0318 TDT Contents I READ with interest Education boost for
Barkly (TDT 11/3/2016).
For almost two years now staff from the PACE [Parent
and Community Engagement] and the SAO [Student
Attendance Officers] teams have been rounding up chil-
dren and getting them to school. Recently the Minister
for Education, Peter Chandler, announced $5.5 million
would be invested into the region.
Congratulations to Ampilatwatja and Alpurrurulam as
you guys will be getting new pre schools - a fantastic
way to get our young indigenous kids into a better
However, despite the increase in attendance, here in
Tennant Creek, despite the overcrowding in the Tennant
Creek Primary and Pre Schools and despite the lack of
a behavioural unit, the Tennant Creek Primary School
will have parts of it repainted and some modernising
of class rooms.
Let’s remember the Pre School was built well over 60
years ago, some classrooms at the Primary School are
nearly as old while others are even older.
I don’t think there is much doubt that getting all these
extra kids into school everyday is no less than an ex-
ceptional effort by all involved.
So would it not make better sense to build at least two
more classrooms at the Primary School to accommodate
the huge increase in attendance?
We could probably use two or three more teachers as
well. Instead we will be getting a coat of paint.
Mr Chandler if you are serious about educating chil-
dren all over the Barkly then you need to invest more
in the major centre of Tennant Creek as more and more
people from communities come to settle in town.
The primary and preschools are bursting at their seams
and a coat of paint simply will not do the job.
– Overlooked Again.
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CLP economic policies saw 3329 more
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$100 million economic stimulus package
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Can you trust Chief Minister Giles and
CLP economic management or once
again is Giles only interested in his own
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