TURNBULL’S BILLION DOLLAR CUT TO DEVASTATE LOCAL SCHOOLS

Schools in Narre Warren South could lose up to $12.8 million every year from 2019 following Malcolm Turnbull’s devastating $1.1 billion in cuts to schools across Victoria.

The shocking nine-digit figure is a warning to every school in Narre Warren South that relies on hardworking teachers and support staff to help their students achieve.

Narre Warren South P-12 College faces a loss of between $2.5 to $2.7 million, Hampton Park Secondary College is looking at $1.7 to $2.1 million and Kilberry Valley Primary School will lose $1 to 1.2 million each and every year.

This $1.1 billion could have funded more than 8,000 teachers, or more than 10,000 allied health staff like psychologists, speech pathologists, welfare workers and physiotherapists.

Instead, the Turnbull Government’s funding for years 5 and 6 of the Gonski Agreement will be cut completely, leaving the average government school across Victoria about half-a-million dollars worse off.

Quotes attributable to Member for Narre Warren South Judith Couacaud Graley MP

“This is yet another short-sighted and mean spirited cut to our schools by the dysfunctional Turnbull Government,”

“This is funding that that could pay for things like extra support teachers in the classroom and special reading programs for kids who are struggling and need a helping hand,”

“Unlike the Turnbull Government we are investing in our most disadvantaged schools, we have met all our obligations under the Gonski Agreement and, in 2015, delivered the biggest education budget in Victoria’s history. But there’s only so much that we can do without Canberra’s support.”

Quotes attributable to Principal of Narre Warren South P-12 College Rob Duncan

“The additional funding we have received this year has enabled us to more than double our numbers of EAL teachers in our Primary school; to properly resource our literacy intervention program as well as employ another literacy intervention assistant; to employ part time a school psychologist and social worker; to employ an ICT consultant 1 day per week to improve our neglected ICT infrastructure and to soon appoint another Assistant Principal to focus on 21st century ICT infrastructure and pedagogy,”

“In addition, we have been able to invest time and money into improving College grounds and facilities.”
“We have developed and implemented our Year 7 Fusion Music Program, which enables talented musicians to develop their special talents in state of the art music facilities. This is a unique program which is already providing enormous benefits to our kids.”

“As a school with a significant number of our students from language backgrounds other than English, increasing English and literacy support and intervention programs are essential to the future and ongoing success of these young people.”