More schools are needed right across Australia, both in areas with high population growth and also areas not considered so, but which nonetheless experience overcrowded classrooms and insufficient resources.
Let's actively look at decreasing class sizes to give each student more attention. The Federal Government should immediately increase the amount of taxes levied against big business in Australia, and make sure they pay it.
From pre-primary to university, education needs to be a priority; it needs to be free, high quality and accessible to all. Students perform best when they're passionate about the coursework and not overworked. Finland has the world’s best education results and the shortest class week in the OECD, as well as having no homework. Many students at university, including some in high school, are compelled to work casual and parttime jobs while studying, overburdening those also trying to learn. So for those studying STEM subjects and all others, we should immediately make education at all levels free, and critically reflect on what would make learning and more engaging, enjoyable experience.
Better funded, smaller classrooms with supported and engaged teaching staff would make a huge difference.
Public funding should be going to public schools.
We should not accept a two-tiered system where students attending different institutions have better opportunities or advantages over others.
Parents should not have to cross the city to give their child a “decent chance”.
Nor should education be operated as a business, but rather a community service that provides each student with holistic learning and enjoyment. High quality education is a right for everyone.