The Western Australian Government has announced it will invest $452.8 million in 2019-2020 to improve infrastructure in Western Australian public schools, with additional funding allocated to ensure schools will have the necessary teaching staff and resources to accommodate forecast enrolment growth.
Enrolment growth in WA public schools has remained solid. Public school enrolment growth of 27,000 students or 8.8 per cent is forecast over the four years from 2019 to 2023.
Part of the 2019-20 State Budget, the capital investment will include the construction four new primary schools, the redevelopment of several secondary schools and the construction of new performing arts facilities.
“New primary and secondary schools will continue to support the growth in our suburbs and upgrades to regional schools will ensure our students are learning in modern environments,” WA Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery.
With the growing focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), $3 million is also being invested in converting 51 primary classrooms across the state into science laboratories.