Schools worse off: Seeney
MP says Gonski funding will be less, but union president says the reforms are much-needed
BIGGENDEN and Mundubbera State Schools will be worse off under Gonski education reforms according to Callide MP Jeff Seeney.
The State Government calculated that even with additional funding pledged to the schools by 2019, Biggenden State School will have 2.2% funding decrease and Mundubbera State School will have a 2% funding decrease.
Mr Seeney said he and the Premier would continue to negotiate with the Federal Government for a better deal.
“I don’t think any Queensland family would want the Premier to sign up to the Gonski reforms knowing their local school could be worse off than the current arrangements,” he said.
“I certainly will continue to fight for North Burnett schools.
“My wife, Therese, was a teacher who taught locally in primary and secondary schools.
“I know the great opportunities that can result from a good education and am well aware of the need to give our children the highest quality teaching and best resources in our schools.
“Neither the Premier nor I are confident that the Gillard government is capable of putting political differences aside in the best interests of Queensland students and teachers.”
The state government has until June 30 to sign the Federal Government’s National Plan for School Improvement. State schools in the Central and North Burnett stand to lose a committment of nearly $11 million in funding if the Gonski reforms are not signed.
Queensland Teachers’ Union president Kevin Bates said the reforms were much-needed and urged the Premier to sign up.
“Parents and teachers across Queensland will be looking closely for their school on the list, thinking about what these additional resources could mean for their school, their classroom, their child,” he said.
FUNDING: Mundubbera State School has been highlighted as being worse off despite Gonski funding pledged.
GONSKI: Biggenden State School will be worse off under Gonski education reforms, MP Jeff Seeney has said.