GONSKI FUNDING IN JEOPARDY UNLESS NAPTHINE TAKES ACTION

Local schools and students are set to miss out on millions of dollars of funding unless the Napthine Government steps up and takes on the Federal Liberal Government over its plan to renege on the Gonski agreement State Labor Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley said today.

Ms Graley said that as Tony Abbott walks away from his election pledge to provide ‘Gonski’ school funding to all schools in Victoria, it was time for the Napthine Government to make a stand and secure the promised funding.

“Since the Napthine Government came to office we have seen education go backwards as a result of their savage cuts and now our schools have found themselves king-hit and facing an uncertain future,”

“Denis Napthine and his Education Minister, Martin Dixon, must take the fight up to their Liberal colleagues in Canberra and secure the funding that was promised to local schools,” Ms Graley said.

“With National Partnership Funding now lapsing and not a single cent of Gonski funding in school budgets, local schools are facing the daunting prospect of having less money in their budget next year than they did this year,”

“Under the Gonski agreement Hillsmeade Primary School was set to receive an additional $4,991,003, Kambrya College would receive $7,212,842 and Narre Warren South P-12 would have received $10,878,734 over the next six years,”

“This vital funding is now in jeopardy and should the Napthine Government fail to do something about it, it’s not just our local schools that will suffer but local families and their children who deserve to have access to a quality education.”

Michael Muscat, Principal of Kambrya College said that at Kambrya they had been very excited by the signing of the Gonski agreement and had planned on using the funding to invest in key areas of student learning.

“Kambrya College has a number of programs ready to be rolled out as soon as we receive confirmation of the promised funding,”

“This is not about a federal take-over of state education, it’s about providing federal resources in an equitable manner and on a needs basis,”

“Our college is a shining example of the fact that investment in education gets results,”

“I urge the Federal Government to honour the agreement signed earlier this year and release the necessary funds.”