Local school left out in the cold on VCAL funding

The Baillieu Government has abandoned Alkira Secondary College after repeated requests for assistance to start a VCAL program, State Labor Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley said today.

Last year, the Baillieu Government cut $48 million in VCAL coordination funding. After widespread criticism of the move, the Minister for Education Martin Dixon said that coordination funding was not needed as VCAL was now an established program in the school curriculum.

Ms Graley said that the Minister’s decision meant that new schools like Alkira Secondary College would not be able to start a VCAL program.

“The dedicated principal and staff at Alkira Secondary College were planning on starting a VCAL program this year and were very disappointed to hear of the Baillieu Government’s cut to coordination funding,” she said

“Even after the principal voiced his concerns, and the Baillieu Government promised to get back to him with a response, once again this government has ignored the people impacted by their bad decisions,”

“Alkira may now be forced to send kids elsewhere if they would like to undertake VCAL, putting pressure on other schools that are already doing it tough as a result of coordination funding cut.” 

Ms Graley called on the Baillieu Government to finally respond to Alkira’s requests for assistance and reinstate VCAL coordination funding.

“The Baillieu Government’s funding cut will negatively impact our school retention rates and future job prospects for our young people,”

“We now know that jobs are not a priority for the Baillieu Government; the Minister for Youth Affairs could not even remember the youth unemployment rate in Victoria.”