Education Minister Anne
Tolley will meet schools in South Dunedin later this month to
give feedback on the initial consultation round of a process
which aims to decide a future for schools with empty
classrooms in the area.
Thirty-one primary and
intermediate school boards of trustees in Otago and Southland
have joined a group of nearly 300 boards nationwide which are
"overwhelmingly committed" to defying compliance with the
Ministry of Education's National Standards.
While some secondary schools in other parts of New Zealand
are banning cellphones in changing rooms to try to stop the
spread of sexual images via text message, the practice is not
believed to be an issue in Otago schools.
"Ignorance is no defence", and those who carry out work on
historic buildings without the appropriate resource consents
could be fined hundreds of thousands of dollars or
imprisoned, the Dunedin City Council has warned.