BAILLIEU CUTS HURT SCHOOLS IN NARRE WARREN

Alkira Secondary College and Narre Warren South P-12 College are both struggling under the weight of the Baillieu Government’s massive cutbacks in education, Shadow Minister for Education James Merlino said.

Touring both schools with Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley, Mr Merlino said Mr Baillieu’s budget cuts to the Education Maintenance Allowance, the school start bonus and VCAL were affecting the very service these schools provide.

“After meeting staff and students at Alkira Secondary College and Narre Warren South P-12, it is clear they are the ones paying the price for Mr Baillieu’s cuts,” Mr Merlino said.

“Narre Warren South P-12 is facing additional pressure because of the $290 million TAFE cuts that are threatening the viability of its Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs.

“The reality inMelbourne’s south east is that these cuts are damaging our education system.”

Ms Graley said Alkira and Narre Warren South P-12 were not the only local schools struggling to cope with recent budget cut backs.

“The Baillieu Government’s assault on education has affected just about every public school in my electorate,” Ms Graley said.

“Whether it is $43,000 lost from EMA payments at Alkira Secondary, or cuts to VCAL and VET courses at Narre Warren South P-12, students’ futures are being compromised.

“I call on the Premier and his Education Minister, Martin Dixon, to come to Narre Warren and visit these schools, speak to these students and see first hand what his savage cuts are doing to our schools.”