Victorian secondary schools left in the dark
The Victorian Labour Party has been slammed by experts for “overlooking” secondary schools in their education investments.
Primary schools around Victoria are receiving significant funding from the Brumby Government however, secondary schools are now on the political agenda for the upcoming State election.
Australian Education Union’s Victoria branch President, Mary Bluett, said the need for education investment, specifically secondary, was paramount for this election.
“There is simply being more resources put into primary rather than secondary,” she said.
The State Budget is set to deliver $230.3 million to build or renovate schools as part of the Victorian Schools Plan, a $1.9 billion investment to better Victoria’s education facilities.
Victorian Council of Social Services CEO, Cath Smith said investment in education and other social services has actually been ineffective because Government spending is the same as it was ten years ago.
“The Government’s been spending money but they haven’t actually been able to keep up with the level of growth,” she said.
Population growth contributes to poor education says Bluett, because students in those areas have less access to facilities due to the lack of infrastructure.
These “growth corridors” such as the City of Casey, require more planning and services which Bluett says the Government is providing.
“This Government is planning better for growth than I’ve seen from the previous Coalition,” she said.
Map: The City of Casey, Victoria.