Funds boosted claims Can­berra

Campaspe News - - NEWS -

THE Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment main­tains there are no cuts to school fund­ing un­der the re­cently an­nounced bud­get, say­ing fund­ing for Vic­to­rian stu­dents will in­crease by $3.5 bil­lion in the next decade.

Its re­ac­tion fol­lows a re­port in the Cam­paspe News last week, show­ing the fed­eral fund­ing level ex­pected per stu­dent at Rochester and dis­trict schools was un­bal­anced be­tween pri­vate and pub­lic schools, cal­cu­lated by the gov­ern­ment’s own on­line es­ti­ma­tor.

Fed­eral Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Min­is­ter Si­mon Birm­ing­ham said Rochester Se­condary Col­lege is set for a $3.9 mil­lion boost.

‘‘A 66.5 per cent in­crease in per stu­dent fund­ing,’’ he said.

‘‘St Joseph’s School Rochester is set for a $2.6 mil­lion boost of Gon­ski needs-based fund­ing over the next decade.

‘‘Rochester Pri­mary School is set for a $1.2 mil­lion boost or a 66.4 per cent in­crease in per stu­dent fund­ing.’’

Mr Birm­ing­ham also said Our Lady of the Sa­cred Heart El­more is set for a $1.1 mil­lion boost (39.8 per cent in­crease), El­more Pri­mary School $292,000 boost (66.5 per cent) and Nan­neella Es­tate Pri­mary School $405,700 boost (66.5 per cent).

Lock­ing­ton Con­sol­i­dated is also meant to re­ceive a $1 mil­lion boost.

‘‘Our fund­ing growth means there’s no rea­son schools won’t be able to con­tinue to sup­port teach­ers and new or ex­ist­ing ini­tia­tives, such as spe­cial­ist teach­ers or tar­geted in­ter­ven­tion pro­grams,’’ Mr Birm­ing­ham said.

‘‘We’re de­liv­er­ing the real Gon­ski needs-based fund­ing model that La­bor didn’t.

‘‘Ev­ery­one can see for them­selves ex­actly how our plan will ben­e­fit their school by vis­it­ing ed­u­ca­­i­tyschools and click­ing through to the schools fund­ing es­ti­ma­tor.’’

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