Kororo Primary School’s outstanding basketball record could be shattered by a bureaucratic bungle.
Kororo Primary School’s outstanding basketball record could be shattered by a bureaucratic bungle.

Please let the children play

SENIOR students at Kororo Public School who have been looking forward to representing their school on the sporting field have been robbed of the opportunity to do so.

It appears that Kororo will not be playing basketball, soccer, hockey or cricket in this year’s Primary School Sports Association (PSSA) competitions.

Why?

It appears that an ambiguous new online registration system is the main cause.

To compound matters, despite several byes being on each of the draws released by PSSA, organisers are refusing to budge on the hard and fast rule that schools not registered in time are not allowed to participate.

Members of Korora’s P&C are dismayed that such a situation could be allowed to happen.

Shirley Goodwin, who is part of the school’s P&C, said that she along with others believed that the registration to play sports this year had gone through before being advised that an extra click of the mouse was required for it to be finalised.

“We were shocked when told that our teams hadn’t been registered when we had evidence to believe otherwise,” Goodwin said.

It only became clear to the proud sporting school that it had been omitted from the various competitions after the cut off date for registrations had passed.

The school immediately took steps to rectify the problem but requests to be reinstated have fallen on deaf ears at the Department of Education and Training.

Goodwin added that the only victims of this situation are the young students.

“It doesn’t seem reasonable in any sense that these 100 children are being denied the opportunity to represent their school in this competition,” she said.

“To be able to proudly represent their school through sport is one of the key highlights for many of the Year 6 students and it is an opportunity they will never have again.

“It seems that the department has a greater interest in punishing the school and the children than it does in finding a way to solve seems an eminently solvable problem.”

The school and its P&C are hopeful that the matter can be heard this afternoon when Michael Coutts-Trotter who is the director general of the Department of Education and Training visits the school.

Goodwin hopes that some common sense can prevail.

“I would’ve thought that the whole point of running this competition for primary schools is encouraging school pride and encouraging as many children to play sport as possible,” she said.

Current evidence would have you believe that the opposite is true.



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