Updated | Minister provides details on school upgrades in St George and Shire following Labor criticism

Education Minister Rob Stokes, with Miranda MP Eleni Petinos, announces a new multi-purpose hall for Jannali East Public School during this year's state election campaign.Picture: John Veage
Education Minister Rob Stokes, with Miranda MP Eleni Petinos, announces a new multi-purpose hall for Jannali East Public School during this year's state election campaign.Picture: John Veage

Update

Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell says three Sutherland School upgrades promised during the state election campaign are in "an early planning stage".

Three projects in St George, which were announced earlier, are well advanced.

Ms Mitchell responded to criticism by the state opposition over the lack of detail on school upgrades listed in this week's budget.

They include Engadine High School, Cronulla High School, Hurstville Public School, Jannali East Public School, Kyeemagh Public School and Penshurst West Public School.

Labor's education spokesman Jihad Dib said no start or completion date for work was provided for 60 per cent of schools listed in Budget Paper 2 - the Infrastructure Statement.

Mr Dib claimed the government had "a track record for receiving an A for making big announcements but it gets an F for Fail when it comes to delivery".

Ms Mitchell said the 2019-20 Budget included a record breaking $6.7 billion to deliver 190 new and upgraded schools across the state.

"Our investment in new and upgraded schools in NSW is unprecedented," she said.

"All 190 schools in the 2019-20 Budget are fully funded; including Engadine High School, Cronulla High School, Hurstville Public School, Jannali East Public School, Kyeemagh Public School and Penshurst West Public School.

"I give the opposition an 'F' for their comprehension skills.

"If they did their homework properly, they would know the schools listed as N/A (not available) are either in the planning phase, for which the government has allocated $30 million, or are undergoing a commercially confidential tender process."

Ms Mitchell said upgrades and new schools announced during the election campaign period "are still in the early planning phase - information will be made available to the public soon".

She said information on projects announced earlier could be found on the website: infrastructure.nsw.gov.au

The status of each project is:

  • Engadine High School, new multi-purpose hall. Early planning stage.
  • Jannali East Public School, new multi-purpose hall. Early planning stage.
  • Cronulla High School, more air conditioned classrooms and upgraded core facilities. Early planning stage.
  • Kyeemagh Infants School. Reclassification of the school from infants to full primary has been completed. it will cater for up to 500 students up to year 6 by 2022 through gradual transition. Pending planning approval, main construction works are scheduled for completion in late 2021.
  • Penshurst West Public School. Seven innovative learning spaces are to be provided in a new building, with new student amenities and a special programs room. Some classes have been relocated into demountable buildings. The design of the new building is being finalised with demolition of old building expected to start in mid-2019.
  • Hurstville Public School. An upgrade will provide new permanent flexible teaching spaces. A development application has been submitted and the construction contract has been awarded.

Earlier

The state government has been given an F for Fail for not providing details on when many school upgrade projects in this week's budget will be completed.

The list includes Engadine High School, Cronulla High School, Hurstville Public School, Jannali East Public School, Kyeemagh Public School and Penshurst West Public School.

Labor's education spokesman Jihad Dib said no start or completion date for work was provided for 60 per cent of schools listed in Budget Paper 2 - the Infrastructure Statement.

Mr Dib said this was "a huge disappointment for families and communities who were waiting to find out when work on their school would progress".

During the 2019 state election campaign the then Education Minister Rob Stokes visited Engadine High School and Jannali East Public School to announce each would receive a new multi-purpose hall under a re-elected Coalition government.

Cronulla MP and Attorney-General Mark Speakman said Cronulla High School would receive more air conditioned classrooms and upgraded core facilities.

The expansion of Kyeemagh Infants School from Kindergarten to Year 6 school and upgrades for Hurstville Public School and Penshurst West Public School were announced in previous budgets.

Mr Dib claimed the government had "a track record for receiving an A for making big announcements but it gets an F for Fail when it comes to delivery".

"With the budget revelation state debt will rise to $39 billion within four years, communities have every right to question the government's commitment," he said.

"There is every likelihood that some of those schools will never be built and that some of those upgrades will never take place,"

The office of Education Minister Sarah Mitchell has been asked to respond.