Ministry to meet school leaders over closure proposals

10:43 pm on 17 September 2012

Secondary principals and the heads of Boards of Trustees will meet Ministry of Education officials this week to hear more about the proposed shake-up of the city's schools.

Under the Government's planned $1 billion overhaul of Christchurch's education system in the wake of the earthquakes some 30 schools will close.

The meeting on Wednesday happens at the same time as a protest against the changes which will include the launch of a petition to stop the plan proceeding.

Former Christchurch mayor Garry Moore told Nine to Noon says the handling of the school situation has been appalling and undemocratic.

Mr Moore says there is a serious lack of local input into decision-making and he believes democracy has been eroded in the city.

He says schools have been a pillar in the community since the earthquakes.

Mr Moore says decision-making is being led by the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority and the Government and is not working effectively.