THE LIBERALS’ FIVE YEARS OF FAILURE ON SCHOOLS

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THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN


THE LIBERALS’ FIVE YEARS OF FAILURE ON SCHOOLS

After five years, the Liberals’ record on schools is failure: cuts and no improvement. 

 

Australian schoolkids are the innocent victims of these five wasted years. 

 

A student who started high school when the Liberals were elected, will graduate from year 12 this year. 

 

In that time, the Liberals have ripped $17 billion from schools.  And they junked the national plan to improve schools, that focused on getting better literacy and numeracy results, and having more kids finishing Year 12. When the Liberals dumped the national plan back in 2013, the Liberals called the national plan ‘red tape’.

 

Labor will take a look at the school review the Government released today.

 

We’ll talk to teachers, principals, and parents about the recommendations. 

 

The review suggests using the best evidence about what works in classrooms. Labor’s already announced a $280 million Evidence Institute for Schools to do just that.  

 

The review talks about focusing on a student’s progress. Labor’s been pushing that for a long time. 

 

Most of the review’s recommendations have been canvassed before. The Liberals are desperately playing catch up after five wasted years.

 

And most of the recommendations can’t be implemented without proper funding for our schools.

 

The most important recommendation of David Gonski’s original report was that every school should get to its fair level of funding. But under Malcolm Turnbull’s new funding regime, 87 per cent of public schools will never reach their fair funding level.

 

So if Malcolm Turnbull is actually serious about helping our kids, he should drop his $17 billion of schools cuts in next week’s budget. 

 

Malcolm Turnbull says he doesn’t have the money to properly fund our schools. But apparently he can afford a $65 billion tax handout for big business and the banks. His priorities are all wrong.

 

MONDAY, 30 APRIL 2018