Bomaderry high teachers want urgent action on dilapidated buildings

NSW Teachers Federation members at Bomaderry High School have stopped work over the failure of the NSW Government to address the problems associated with a number of old, leaking and dilapidated buildings at their school.

NSW Teachers Federation Deputy President Henry Rajendra said Bomaderry High was in urgent need of a major upgrade, with leaking buildings causing frustration for staff and major disruption at the school, including the disruption of recent exams because of damage to the hall.

“Teachers at Bomaderry are fed up with the continuous cycle of water damage at the school because of leaking buildings and the consequent impact on teaching and learning programs,” Mr Rajendra said.

“There has been an inadequate response from the Education Department through the failure to properly address Bomaderry High’s long-standing building problems.”

“Numerous representations by the Federation, teachers and the P and C, have been ignored and no detailed plan or timeline has been developed to address this serious problem.”

“The HSC trial exam is fast approaching and there is concern that students won’t be able to sit these important tests under proper exam conditions because the school hall is out of action. This is unfair to students, unfair to their parents and unfair to teaching staff.”

“It is simply not good enough for the Education Department to continually bring in contractors to patch up old buildings which clearly require major refurbishment and modernisation.”

Mr Rajendra said the Bomaderry school community deserved a permanent solution to the problem and teachers had voted to take further action unless a building plan was developed.

He said teachers at Bomaderry High had also voiced their concerns about the state-wide staffing crisis which had resulted in further disruption at their school when no casual teachers were available to cover classes for colleagues on leave.