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Friday, 22 November 2013

CALLS FOR NAPTHINE TO DELIVER PROMISED GONSKI FUNDING

The Napthine Government is withholding money from Central Victorian schools despite promising only three months ago that additional funding would go to schools from the start of 2014, State Labor Members for Bendigo, Maree Edwards and Jacinta Allan said today.

 “When Denis Napthine signed up to the former Federal Labor Government’s Gonski package he promised that schools would start seeing the extra funding from the start of the 2014 school year,” Ms Edwards said.

“Under the Gonski educational reforms, schools in the electorates of Bendigo East and West were set to benefit from an extra $75 million over the next six years

“Schools are shocked to now find that this Gonski funding has not been included in their indicative budgets for next year – a big broken promise from Denis Napthine that is affecting the budget bottom line in schools.”

“Schools are very worried at losing this much anticipated extra funding. Schools face the difficult prospect of having less money in their budget allocated by the Napthine Government next year than they did this year.

Member for Bendigo East, Jacinta Allan said that the ‘Gonski’ reforms were aimed at supporting public education for every student in every school across Victoria, with a particular focus on addressing educational disadvantage.

“Denis Napthine’s $75 million cut to Central Victorian schools flies in the face of what he promised just three months ago.”   

“Denis Napthine has a poor track record in education. His Government has slashed over $600 million from schools since coming to office Denis Napthine had to be dragged kicking and screaming to sign up to the ‘Gonski’ educational reforms and the extra money that came with these changes,” Ms Allan said.

“All this on top of having cut $300 million a year out of TAFE and $48 million from the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL). 

“It’s clear that education just isn’t a priority for Denis Napthine and his Liberal National Government. For Central Victorian students, they and their schools are worse off to the tune of $75 million.”

 

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