Needs-based funding loss hurts Bendigo schools

Liberal cuts are hurting our local schools, Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP, says.

“At this time of year, as school goes back, many parents are thinking about their kids’ education, and what the future holds,” Ms Chesters said.

“Under Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberals, the future for Bendigo’s schools looks grim. Nationwide, the Liberals are cutting $30 billion from schools – thatʼs like sacking one in seven teachers. Here in Bendigo, our schools will lose more than $26 million over 2018-19.

“These cuts will hurt our local schools. It’ll mean fewer teachers, less one-on-one attention, and students left behind. It’ll mean students getting less help with the basics like reading, writing, maths, science, and computer skills.”

Ms Chesters said while Bendigo schools do terrific work, they need funding to ensure they can continue this work.

“I visited several local schools last year to find out more about their well-being programs, which are producing meaningful results, like improving attendance and keeping young people engaged in education.

"Other schools use the extra funding for sport, art and language programs. The Liberals’ cuts to schools mean programs like this are under threat.

“Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberals are cutting funding from schools because they think you should only get a good education if you can afford to pay. It's just not fair.

"Bendigo and Central Victorian schools will be hit hard by these cuts and it means parents could be forced to pay more or school students will go without.

“Labor believes education is critical to ensuring Australia has a strong economy with secure jobs.”

Ms Chesters said needs-based funding would make a huge difference to our local schools.

"Locally, it means that Bendigo Senior Secondary College would receive an extra $1.7 million each year and Camp Hill Primary School would receive an extra $250,000 each year.

"With Labor’s Your Child. Our Future needs-based funding plan, students in Bendigo will be given better targeted resources and more of the one-on-one support we know makes a real difference to learning outcomes.

"Every child in Bendigo, regardless of the school or postcode, will have a better education with the needs-based funding plan for Australian schools.”