Keysborough Kids Miss Out Under Napthine

The Napthine Liberal Government has handed down its pre-election 2014-15 Budget
with out committing a single cent to improving schools in the existing electorate of Lyndhurst or the newly formed electorate of Keysborough.

“Denis Napthine and his Liberal State Government have told us everything we need to
know about the value they place on the education of school kids in Springvale, Noble Park, Keysborough and Dingley Village. It’s exactly zero.” Mr Pakula said.

“Not a single cent, let alone a dollar, has been allocated to school improvement
projects in our local community. It’s outrageous. Planned upgrade projects have been left in the lurch by this neglectful Premier. Clearly his only priority is the election, not our
children’s education.

“Keysborough College’s Banksia and Acacia campuses are in need of millions of dollars in funding to replace cold, leaking and run-down specialist learning areas for the arts, food technology, music, wood technology and PE, as well as canteens and admin buildings. The State Budget has allocated zero funding for this vital work.

“At Chandler Park Primary School, the students, families and staff have been left in limbo for years. The essential works needed to complete a campus merger have not been funded in the Liberal State Budget, despite meetings between the school, the Department and the Education Minister. It’s just not good enough.

“The principals and teachers at our government schools do a fantastic job of educating
future generations of Victorians and Denis Napthine’s Budget is a slap in their faces,” he said.

“Denis Napthine has a shocking report card when it comes to education, with hundreds of millions in cuts to programs like Reading Recovery, the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL), the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) and the School Start Bonus,” Mr Pakula said.

“This Budget shows that under Denis Napthine and the Liberals, our schools and students are on their own,” he said.

Key Facts

  • The Napthine Government abandoned Labor’s plan to renovate, rebuild or modernise every Victorian government school.
  • The Napthine Government has only spent a statewide average of $278 million a year on capital works compared to an average spend of $467 million by Labor in its last term in office.
  • Many projects were abandoned by the Liberals halfway through rebuilding and schools don’t have the funds to finish the job.

The Budget shows

  • Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)– Scrapped. The Budget revealed the full implications of this cut, $24.8 million a year.
  • A decrease in the number of school students participating in accredited vocational programs by more than 1000, from 45,907 in 2012-13 to 44,859 in 2013-14.
  • A decrease in the number of school based apprentices/trainees from a target of 4500 in 2013-14 and to only 3566 apprentices/trainees.