Schools worse off: Seeney

MP says Gon­ski fund­ing will be less, but union pres­i­dent says the re­forms are much-needed

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Bran­don Livesay bran­don.livesay@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

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