Berejiklian defends portable classrooms

Gus McCubbing
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Sydney will get three new schools and three more will be expanded as Premier Gladys Berejiklian defends her government's use of demountable classrooms.

Ms Berejiklian on Monday announced three new primary schools would be built in Edmondson Park, Googong and Murrumbateman.

Multi-million-dollar upgrades will start at Carlingford West Public School, Picnic Point High School and North Sydney Public School.

Ms Berejiklian also defended her government's use of demountable classrooms in reaction to population growth and fluctuations in enrolments.

"The modern demountable is actually phenomenal," the NSW premier told reporters at Edmondson Park.

"If you actually go into the modern demountable it feels like a great classroom - air-conditioned, great facilities, and it's only a temporary site to allow us to manage the numbers that are slightly up or down in a year."

NSW Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said the Edmondson Park primary school, set to be completed by early 2023, would be able to host 1000 students from day one.

But timeframes for the new primary schools in Googong and Murrumbateman are yet to be confirmed.

The intention was to commence procurement, including construction, for the six projects "as soon as possible", she said.

NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the projects would support up to 1500 jobs across both metro and regional NSW.