More than 1000 pupils fleeing
Christchurch have now enrolled in Otago schools, and the
number continues to grow.
The Ministry of Education has closed the majority of schools
in Christchurch until further notice, and families have sent
more than 4879 pupils from the city to be enrolled elsewhere.
The ministry has been keeping tabs on the flow of pupils out
of the city after the earthquake on February 22, and the
latest figures show 1010 pupils (21%) have enrolled in the
The majority of pupils are flooding into Queenstown and
Wanaka, with 372 pupils enrolling in primary and secondary
schools in the area.
Dunedin schools have taken 295 pupils, with Waitaki and
Central Otago schools close behind on 167 and 124
Clutha schools have also provided support by enrolling 52
By Wednesday, nearly 850 pupils from Christchurch had
enrolled in Otago, and schools were expecting many more to
Schools in Queenstown and Wanaka had attracted many of the
refugee pupils because their parents had access to holiday
homes in the area.
While some schools were absorbing the unexpected roll
increases by making classes bigger and using more than one
teacher per room, other schools like Wanaka Primary School
were creating new classrooms and employing up to five more
teachers to cater for the influx of 115 new pupils.
About 200 primary and secondary school pupils had enrolled in
Queenstown and Arrowtown, and almost all of the schools said
they had more enrolments pending, or expected more pupils to
enrol in the coming weeks.
By the end of next week a plan would be in place to get all
Christchurch children back into schools, even those without a
school to go to, Education Minister Anne Tolley said
• Queenstown Lakes district:
• Dunedin City:
• Waitaki district:
• Central Otago district:
• Clutha district: