$690m for SA schools

The Australian Education Reporter - - NEWS - EMMA DAVIES

SOUTH Aus­tralia is in­vest­ing more than $690 mil­lion to im­prove, re­fur­bish and ex­pand ca­pac­ity at 91 pub­lic pri­mary and se­condary schools.

“This is the largest in­vest­ment in our pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem in our State’s his­tory, with around one in five schools be­ing up­graded,” South Aus­tralian Premier Jay Weather­ill said.

“A world-class school sys­tem is an es­sen­tial foun­da­tion for the next gen­er­a­tion of South Aus­tralians.

“Schools that are bet­ter equipped, with in­creased ca­pac­ity and su­pe­rior fa­cil­i­ties, will help to give our chil­dren a head start.”

This brings the to­tal in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment in ed­u­ca­tion to more than $1 bil­lion over the last four years.

The an­nounce­ment is part of the Pub­lic Ed­u­ca­tion Ac­tion Plan and builds on the $250 mil­lion STEM Works pro­gram.

“This build will help our stu­dents pre­pare for the jobs of the fu­ture, and comes on top of our in­vest­ments in 139 STEM fa­cil­i­ties, and our three new schools in the city, north­ern and south­ern sub­urbs,” Mr Weather­ill said.

“Our new ed­u­ca­tion Ac­tion Plan strength­ens our al­ready en­vi­able ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem, en­sur­ing our sys­tem is af­ford­able and that our chil­dren are best po­si­tioned for fu­ture suc­cess,” he said.

Ed­u­ca­tion and Child De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Su­san Close said the State Gov­ern­ment wants to do ev­ery­thing it can to pre­pare stu­dents for the jobs of to­mor­row.

“Th­ese up­graded class­rooms and fa­cil­i­ties will pro­vide state of the art spa­ces for in­no­va­tive learn­ing across the State,” she said.

Each school and their lo­cal com­mu­nity will be en­gaged with through­out de­vel­op­ment of the scope for each project and dur­ing de­liv­ery.

(L-R) Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion and Child De­vel­op­ment Su­san Close, Woodville High School Prin­ci­pal Mered­ith Ed­wards and SA Premier Jay Weather­ill.

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