Schools in eastern suburbs face 50% drop in rolls

10:38 pm on 24 June 2011

Schools in the eastern suburbs of Christchurch face a drop in enrolments, and staff cuts, as thousands of residents leave their quake-damaged homes.

February's earthquake has already has an impact on school rolls, with some cut by up to 40%.

But the news that more than 5000 residents have to abandon their homes means many schools face an uncertain future.

Burwood School principal Doug Watkinson says 50% of its students are living in red-zoned properties.

And Avondale School, which is already down 150 students since last year, is set to lose a further 20 pupils.

The Ministry of Education has contacted all affected schools and will meet them to discuss the impact of falling rolls next week.