Gonski benefit unveiled online
PARENTS can now determine exactly how their children’s school will benefit under the Federal Government’s new funding plan, with the release of an online calculator earlier this month.
The Government’s school calculator tool reveals who reaps the big benefits of its Gonski 2.0 education package.
Overall, the Government plans to boost its share of funding from $17.5 billion in 2017 to $30.6 billion by 2027, with the aim to bring all schools to the same needs-based, per-student level once State Government cash is added.
Enrolment numbers affect overall funding numbers.
O’Connor MHR Rick Wilson said the average increase across the O’Connor electorate was 6.1 per cent.
“There is not one school in O’Connor that goes backwards . . . and that funding is now locked in for 10 years,” he said.
More than $180 million will be invested in the Warren-Blackwood area in the next 10 years.
Manjimup Senior High School is set to be the area’s greatest benefiting high school, receiving more than $20 million - an increase of more than $7 million.
Kearnan College, which has both primary and secondary years, will receive more than $60 million from 2018-2027 — $ 17,171 per student by 2027.
Bridgetown High School, Pemberton District High School and Boyup Brook District High School will receive $ 7,650,200, $6,424,400 and $5,282,500 respectively.
St Brigid’s in Bridgetown and St Mary’s in Boyup Brook are among the primary schools to benefit the most, receiving $18,321,700 and $10,500,700 respectively.
Mr Wilson said the funding gave schools confidence and certainty.