Posted on 03. Nov, 2011 in News

Victorians schools are struggling to keep up with maintenance after the Baillieu Government slashed almost $500 million from the education budget, Shadow Minister for Education Rob Hull said today.

Recent reports have shown schools in disrepair, with school principals trying to find the money to keep up vital maintenance.

Mr Hulls said that after almost 12 months in office, the Baillieu Government had only itself to blame for the state of Victorian public schools.

“It’s clear the Baillieu Government doesn’t care about education,” Mr Hulls said.

“The decision by Mr Baillieu and his Education Minister Martin Dixon to slash $481 million from the education budget while halving the capital works budget is hurting students and staff.

“You don’t have to be top of the class to realise that cutting millions from education will put significant pressure on our public schools.”

Mr Hulls said the Liberal National Government’s lack of investment was in stark contrast to Labor’s record on investing and rebuilding Victorian public schools.

“Mr Baillieu has walked away from Labor’s Victorian Schools Plan which was on track to rebuild, extend or renovate every school across the state by 2016-17,” he said.

“We worked side by side with Federal Labor to attract $2.54 billion in stimulus money for over 2400 Victorian schools, which was on top of the $1.9 billion invested through the schools plan.

“In Government Labor also spent $3.7 billion for maintenance works in over 980 schools.

“Mr Dixon has failed to provide any support for schools, despite being told by his department which schools needed urgent repairs.

“We have seen nothing of the promised $10 million School Improvement fund, and the Baillieu Government’s previous commitment to support Labor’s Victorian School Plan has amounted to nothing.

“It’s time Mr Baillieu stopped blaming everyone else and started investing in Victoria’s public schools.”



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