Story: Country schooling

Closing small schools

Closing small schools

This 2004 cartoon derides the closure of small schools by successive governments. The process was hastened after education reforms in 1989, and continues today. The closures particularly affect rural communities, where the school building is often also used for social events outside school hours.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: DX-005-820
Cartoon by David Fletcher

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How to cite this page:

Nancy Swarbrick, 'Country schooling - Years of reform: 1989 onwards', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/cartoon/16517/closing-small-schools (accessed 16 December 2019)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 24 Nov 2008