Posted on 04. Aug, 2010 in Clayton Update

Minister for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations and Member for Hotham Simon Crean, today officially opened the new multi-purpose building at the Clayton South Primary School.

Mr Crean met with students and teachers at the Clayton South Primary School who will benefit from the new facilities.

“Federal Labor is the Party of education and we are investing in the future of children here in Clayton and the future of the country,” Simon Crean said.

“Education empowers individuals and is a growth driver for the nation. A more educated workforce is more productive, boosting the economy.”

The new $2 million building and upgrades at the Clayton South Primary School have been delivered under the Federal Labor Government’s Building the Education Revolution program.

The school has also received $125,000 to upgrade play areas and ICT equipment.

Nationally, the $16.2 billion program is funding more than 24,000 projects in more than 9,000 schools across the country.

In the electorate of Hotham, the Building the Education Revolution program has created 83 construction and refurbishment projects in 41 schools representing a $93 million investment in local schools.

“Federal Labor has an education strategy and we are investing in school buildings, in computers in classrooms, in a new national curriculum and in quality teacher training,” Simon Crean said.

“We are also giving students the chance to learn a trade by rolling out Trades Training Centres because not everyone wants to go university.

“We are giving young people education options and education opportunities.

“In contrast, Tony Abbott has already promised education cuts worth more than $2 billion over the next four years.

“He will scrap Trades Training Centres, axe quality training programs for teachers and end the Computers in Schools program, which has already delivered 1,163 computers to students in Hotham.

“Tony Abbott cannot be trusted with the education future of the nation. He is driven by ideology and is only interested in scrapping education programs and cutting costs.”

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