Govern­ment prom­ise to stu­dents

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Victorian Premier Daniel An­drews is con­fi­dent an $82.8-mil­lion ed­u­ca­tion fund­ing boost will ad­dress a dis­par­ity be­tween re­gional and metropoli­tan schools and bet­ter sup­port coun­try stu­dents.

Mr An­drews and Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter James Mer­lino an­nounced the fund­ing pack­age, de­signed to sup­port rec­om­men­da­tions from an ex­pert ad­vi­sory panel into ru­ral and re­gional stu­dents, last week.

The pack­age in­cludes $45.2-mil­lion to ad­dress teacher-sup­ply is­sues out­side Mel­bourne by at­tract­ing teach­ers and school lead­ers to state schools in ru­ral and re­gional Victoria and sup­port­ing them to stay.

More than $37-mil­lion will go to a range of projects to im­prove ed­u­ca­tional out­comes for ru­ral and re­gional stu­dents.

This in­cludes – • $13.2-mil­lion to en­able ru­ral and re­gional stu­dents to at­tend Victorian Cer­tifi­cate of Ed­u­ca­tion re­vi­sion lec­tures in Mel­bourne – saving stu­dents up to $1000 on reg­is­tra­tion, travel and ac­com­mo­da­tion costs. • $7.8-mil­lion to ex­pand pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment for teach­ers and lead­ers in ru­ral and re­gional ar­eas. • $5.1-mil­lion to sup­port ru­ral and re­gional schools to work in clus­ters to strengthen cur­ricu­lum de­liv­ery. • $3.7-mil­lion for out­reach and vir­tual pro­grams – such as the John Monash Science School Ru­ral Ex­change Pro­gram – for re­gional and ru­ral schools. • $3.7-mil­lion to abol­ish en­rol­ment fees for Vir­tual School Victoria for all Victorian stu­dents, saving about 4400 par­ents $160 for the cost of their chil­dren ac­cess­ing vir­tual learn­ing. • $2.5-mil­lion to in­crease ac­cess to men­tor­ing, role models and in­for­ma­tion about post-school path­ways • $1.4-mil­lion for Victoria’s Tech Schools to host and of­fer science, tech­nol­ogy, engi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­ics, STEM, pro­grams for re­gional and ru­ral stu­dents.

“We’re clos­ing the gap be­tween the coun­try and the city – en­sur­ing ru­ral and re­gional schools have the peo­ple, fa­cil­i­ties and fund­ing they need to give ev­ery child a great ed­u­ca­tion,” Mr An­drews said.

“Ru­ral and re­gional schools can strug­gle to at­tract teach­ers and give kids ac­cess to op­por­tu­ni­ties they de­serve – that’s what this fund­ing will fix.”

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