Posted on 19. Aug, 2011 in News

Jobs will be lost and students will be worse off under the Baillieu Government’s education cuts, Shadow Education Minister Rob Hulls said today.

Mr Hulls said revelations that Skills Minister Peter Hall had slashed $12 million per year from the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL), were the latest major funding cuts to education.

“These cruel and callous cuts will leave thousands of Victorian students on an educational scrap heap,” Mr Hulls said.

“This is the Baillieu Government’s first major blow to frontline services stemming from the $481 million cuts announced in the State Budget.

“Within the last seven days we have seen VCAL funding slashed which will force programs to close and job losses and we have seen a major tightening of the school bus subsidy adding thousands of dollars to cost of living pressures for families.

“It’s obvious education and skills training are not a priority for the Baillieu Government.

“More than 425 schools and TAFEs stand to lose up to $126,000 each in funding, forcing schools to slash programs and deny students alternative study options to the VCE.

“Mr Baillieu and Mr Hall need to explain to Victorian families and students how slashing funding and programs to VCAL assists students training and future work prospects.

“Mr Hall claimed today VCAL figures showed the program had plateaued, yet figures released yesterday, by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research revealed Victoria is leading the
demand for traineeships and apprenticeships, with the take up of training places soaring by 17.6 per cent on March 2010.

“Labor understands the importance of providing young Victorians with alternative education training to ensure they have the opportunity to enter a traineeship, apprenticeship or attend university.”



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