17 Dec 2012

$100m tipped for repairs and new schools

8:42 am on 17 December 2012

School principals in Hawke's Bay and Gisborne say the Government is facing a bill of more than $100 million for repairing and replacing school buildings.

They say the Ministry of Education has assessed all the buildings in the region, including about 160 portable modular classrooms which are an earthquake risk and must be replaced by 2015.

Radio New Zealand's education correspondent said the schools want to know when that work will begin, but they are also worried the scale of the job means there will be mergers and closures like those planned for Christchurch.

Education Minister Hekia Parata said she has not asked for advice on reorganising schools in Hawke's Bay and Gisborne.