School with no students likely to close

  • 02/03/2018
School with no students likely to close
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A Wairarapa school which has no students is likely to close.

Education Minister Chris Hipkins says Tuturumuri School once played an important role in the community but the roll has declined to zero.

"In term three last year the school lost its last three students," he said.

"New students were expected to enrol at the start of this term, but that didn't happen."

Although two enrolments from a family returning to the area have been received, Mr Hipkins has asked his ministry to start consulting the school about its future.

"We need to seriously consider whether keeping this school open is the best use of taxpayer money," Mr Hipkins said.

But a rural advocacy group wants every effort made to keep the school open.

"Those small schools have got a huge amount to offer for our rural communities," Rural Women's president Fiona Gower told Newshub.

"Especially for those remote [children] that have to travel so far to be at school… It's really important to see if we can keep them open.

"Look at the social interaction that these children have. The school is actually the hub of the community.

"Everybody goes there for sports events or calf clubs or galas or uses the school facilities as their community hall."

The consultation process for Tuturumuri School will run until the end of the month.

NZN / Newshub.