The Baillieu Government has pocketed millions of dollars of federal funding destined for Victorian public schools that achieved literacy and numeracy benchmarks, State Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley said today.

Ms Graley said five local schools in the Narre Warren South electorate missed out on their fair share of $57.4 million provided by the Federal Labor Government based on improvement in key learning areas of literacy and numeracy.

“Kids and their teachers have worked hard to make the grade on literacy and numeracy, but instead of getting rewarded, Mr Baillieu has ripped them off,” she said

“Labor signed up to the National Literacy and Numeracy Partnership to help our kids get the best out of their education and Labor committed to investing reward funding back into schools.

“By not passing on the money that these schools worked hard for, Mr Baillieu is pocketing funds for local schools.”

The following local schools were part of the National Partnership program:

  • Fountain Gate Primary School
  • Fountain Gate Secondary College
  • Kambrya College
  • Lyndhurst Secondary College
  • Narre Warren South P-12 College

Ms Graley said that she raised this matter with the Minister for Education in Parliament, however his response was unsatisfactory.

In a letter to Ms Graley, Minister Dixon stated:

“The Victorian Government is currently considering how to best utilise these funds in the context of the State Budget.”

Ms Graley questioned the Baillieu Government’s use of these funds.

“Given the deep cuts we have experienced in TAFE, VCAL and school funding, the Baillieu Government is clearly not using these funds for education,” she said

“The Minister should come clean and say what the Baillieu Government considers to be the best way to utilise literacy and numeracy funding that rightly belongs to our local schools,”

“It is no wonder that Victorian families are starting to question Mr Baillieu when he rips off public schools,”

“Given the Baillieu Government has already cut $555 million from state education, it adds insult to injury that he would choose to withhold funding from public schools,”

“Mr Baillieu should reverse this decision and release the funding that Victorian public schools worked hard to achieve.”