Posted on 11. Sep, 2012 in Clayton Update
Premier Ted Baillieu should release TAFE business transition plans which show how Holmesglen TAFE will deal with the $28 million funding cut as a result of his Government’s assault on TAFE, State Member for Clayton, Hong Lim said today.
Mr Lim said Holmesglen was due to submit its transition plan to government 5pm last Friday.
“The transition plan outlines what measures Holmesglen TAFE will be forced to take, following Mr Baillieu’s callous $290 million cuts,” Mr Lim said.
“Holmesglen management has already stated that diploma fees almost certain to double next year from $2,500 to $5,000. These plans will provide more details about which assets are at risk and if campuses are going to close.”
“This is critical to public interest and every resident has a right know what the impact will be on Holmesglen and the community.”
Mr Lim said the Baillieu Government should provide the details for each TAFE so Victorians hoping to enter further education and training know what options would still be available to them in the future.
“The Baillieu Government doesn’t seem to care about those wanting to gain training or up-skill to gain employment,” Mr Lim said.
“There are students in the Clayton electorate right now making decisions about their future, yet they have been left completely in the dark by Mr Baillieu about what options they have at Holmesglen.
Mr Lim said the Baillieu Government had devastated Victoria’s education system with more than $500 million in budget cuts to schools, VCAL and TAFEs.
“In tough economic times governments should invest in skills and training to help people find employment,” Mr Lim said.
“But instead of investing, Mr Baillieu has made unprecedented cuts to education and training.
“Mr Baillieu and Skills Minister Peter Hall must release all of these transition plans because every Victorian has a right to know the full impact of the Government’s funding cuts to the TAFE sector.”