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Baird pledges classrooms for Sydney's west

AAP logoAAP 7/09/2016 Gemma Najem

Forty new classrooms will be built to ease the pressure on three overcrowded schools in Sydney's west.

NSW Premier Mike Baird said the extra classrooms would hold 900 students when they are built at Auburn North Public, Lidcombe Public and Strathfield's Marie Bashir school.

"We are making a massive investment in local schools to provide the educational infrastructure to support families living in western Sydney," Mr Baird said on Thursday after greeting primary students at Auburn North Public.

"Watch this space - there will be more announcements for western Sydney parents and families over the coming years."

The $25 million investment comes as demand for school enrolments rapidly grows.

Education Minister Adrian Piccoli promised more than 160 new classrooms for Sydney's west and $130 million in funding.

Opposition Leader Luke Foley said the announcement was a "drop in the ocean" on what was needed to ease overcrowding and provide capacity for future growth.

"There's no space for the classrooms that Mr Baird's promising," he told reporters outside Lidcombe Public School.

"He flogged off this land here (at Lidcombe) to property developers ... the school's bursting at the seams.

"Mr Baird's announcement today will inevitably see double decker demountables."

But a spokesman for the premier said the 40 new classrooms will be permanent and not demountables.

"The claim is incorrect," he told AAP.

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