Baillieu Cuts To VCAL To Impact Casey Students

Casey schools, learning centres and students should contact Education Minister Martin Dixon directly and demand he reconsiders his decision to slash funding for the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning, Shadow Minister for Higher Education and Skills Steve Herbert said today.

Mr Herbert, Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley, and Member for Narre Warren North Luke Donnellan today joined staff and students at Narre Community Learning Centre and Hallam Senior College to discuss concerns about the Baillieu Government’s cuts to VCAL.

“Narre Community Learning Centre and Hallam Senior College VCAL programs provide students with an essential education alternative to the VCE and a pathway into training apprenticeships,” Mr Herbert said.

“The Baillieu Government has cut $48 million to fund VCAL coordinators, who are essential in developing curriculum and assessment materials, developing partnerships with local employment networks as well as coordinating student administration,” Mr Herbert said.

Mr Herbert said it was clear there was confusion within the Baillieu Government about what the cuts meant with Mr Baillieu, Dixon and Skills Minister Peter Hall each providing Parliament with different answers about the cuts.

“Teachers, students and their families in the Casey area understand the importance of this vital program and the negative impact it will have when schools are forced to reduce programs because of Mr Baillieu’s cuts to the program,” Mr Herbert said.

Mr Donellan said Mr Baillieu needed to be honest with Victorians about the funding cut to VCAL.

“The fact is cuts to VCAL will be tough on schools, parents, teachers and students throughout the Narre Warren region,” Mr Donnellan said. Hallam Secondary College, which will have 250 students in VCAL next year, stands to lose $126,000 in funding and this will have a significant impact on students wanting to enter an apprenticeship or trades training.

“VCAL is another victim of the Baillieu Government’s massive $481 million cuts to Victoria’s education budget,” he said.

Ms Graley said the Baillieu Government VCAL cuts could see Narre Community Learning Centre lose its award winning coordinator.

“VCAL is vital to the local school communities and coordinators are an essential element to a students’ success and that cannot be underestimated or replaced,” Ms Graley said.”

Parents, students and teachers wanting to contact the Education Minister, Martin Dixon, should send an email to martin.dixon@parliament.vic.gov.au

Casey schools, learning centres and students should contact Education Minister Martin Dixon directly and demand he reconsiders his decision to slash funding for the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning, Shadow Minister for Higher Education and Skills Steve Herbert said today.

 

Mr Herbert, Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley, and Member for Narre Warren North Luke Donnellan today joined staff and students at Narre Community Learning Centre and Hallam Senior College to discuss concerns about the Baillieu Government’s cuts to VCAL.

 

“Narre Community Learning Centre and Hallam Senior College VCAL programs provide students with an essential education alternative to the VCE and a pathway into training apprenticeships,” Mr Herbert said.

 

“The Baillieu Government has cut $48 million to fund VCAL coordinators, who are essential in developing curriculum and assessment materials, developing partnerships with local employment networks as well as coordinating student administration,” Mr Herbert said.

 

Mr Herbert said it was clear there was confusion within the Baillieu Government about what the cuts meant with Mr Baillieu, Dixon and Skills Minister Peter Hall each providing Parliament with different answers about the cuts.

 

“Teachers, students and their families in the Casey area understand the importance of this vital program and the negative impact it will have when schools are forced to reduce programs because of Mr Baillieu’s cuts to the program,” Mr Herbert said.

 

Mr Donellan said Mr Baillieu needed to be honest with Victorians about the funding cut to VCAL.

 

“The fact is cuts to VCAL will be tough on schools, parents, teachers and students throughout the Narre Warren region,” Mr Donnellan said. Hallam Secondary College, which will have 250 students in VCAL next year, stands to lose $126,000 in funding and this will have a significant impact on students wanting to enter an apprenticeship or trades training.

 

“VCAL is another victim of the Baillieu Government’s massive $481 million cuts to Victoria’s education budget,” he said.

 

Ms Graley said the Baillieu Government VCAL cuts could see Narre Community Learning Centre lose its award winning coordinator.

 

“VCAL is vital to the local school communities and coordinators are an essential element to a students’ success and that cannot be underestimated or replaced,” Ms Graley said.

 

Parents, students and teachers wanting to contact the Education Minister, Martin Dixon, should send an email tomartin.dixon@parliament.vic.gov.au