01 MAY 2016
The Turnbull Government’s $1.2 billion education commitment has been welcomed by Victorian Catholic education boss, Stephen Elder.
‘Today’s announcement means that Catholic schools will have funding certainty until the end of 2020,’ Mr Elder said.
‘And in recognition of our sector as being partners with the government sector, this future funding will continue to keep pace with the real cost of education.’
Previously, the Coalition had only budgeted modest funding growth for Catholic schools, at the Consumer Price Index from the end of 2017. The Coalition’s announcement today locks in annual funding growth at 3.56% until the end of 2020.
‘The federal government already contributes the lion’s share when it comes to government funding support for Catholic schools – around 78% per student,’ Mr Elder said.’
‘Without appropriate levels of funding growth from the Australian Government, Catholic families might have faced higher than expected fees or cuts to existing services in schools.’
Mr Elder also welcomed the Coalition Government’s commitment to extend national testing to all year levels as a win for all parties.
‘Annual literacy and numeracy testing will be an important diagnostic tool for teachers to help better support the children in their care,’ he said.
‘The government’s proposal means that students won’t fall through the cracks because parents and teachers will have the data in their hands from day one.’
‘As all the research shows us – early intervention is the best way to target student learning needs.’
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