BAILLIEU’S CUTS TO EDUCATION FUNDING WILL HIT LOCAL SCHOOLS

BAILLIEU’S CUTS TO EDUCATION FUNDING WILL HIT LOCAL SCHOOLS

Posted on 07. Feb, 2011 in Clayton Update

Local schools will suffer as the Baillieu Government rips nearly $340 million from Victorian schools, Clayton MP Hong Lim said today.

Mr Lim said the Education Department had been told by the new Government that it must slash $338 million from its budget over the next four years – including $36 million in the remaining months of the 2010-2011 financial year.

“This a significant cut to the education budget which will hurt every classroom in the Clayton electorate,” Mr Lim said.

“You cannot rip hundreds of million of dollars from school funding without having a major impact on vital education services.

“Premier Ted Baillieu and Education Minister Martin Dixon must come clean and be honest with the parents in my electorate about which services will be cut.

“The $36 million being cut in the coming months is enough to fund 650 graduate teachers.”

Mr Lim the Education Department had confirmed the cuts in a recent briefing given to the Opposition.

“It’s clear from these cuts that the Government has a schools hit-list and intends to slash vital education services,” he said.

“It remains to be seen whether it will be literacy or numeracy programs, sports funding, English as a Second Language programs or other areas of the schools budget.

“Ted Baillieu promised he would run an open and accountable government – he and Martin Dixon need to come clean on where this money is going to be cut from.”

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