Hundreds of Government schools are undergoing extensive maintenance and upgrading work over the summer holidays to prepare for the 1993 school year.
Education Minister Kay Hallahan today said the work, worth $6 million, was part of the Government's massive $75 million school improvement program.
"Maintaining the thousands of buildings which make up our schools is a huge task and much of the work must be done during holidays to avoid disrupting classes," Mrs Hallahan said.
"In 1993, a record number of students are expected to enrol in Government schools with nearly 22,000 children starting Year 1.
"The work over the summer break will provide an improved workplace for teachers and a better learning environment for students."
Mrs Hallahan said work underway at schools included painting, modifications and conversions, carpet replacement, ventilation, roof repairs, gutter replacements, fencing, toilet upgrades and resurfacing of playing courts.