The Turnbull government has announced to invest an extra $1.2 billion in schools but seek to impose new conditions on the states and territories to get the money- many have said this is a more money, more rules move by the government.
The new funding announced by federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham falls more than $3 billion dollars short of what was promised under Labor’s Gonski school reforms.
The Gonski program provides funding for schools Australia wide to ensure students are properly educated with adequate resources and this is exactly what many Central West communities are fearing to lose.
This funding has already reduced class sizes, employed additional teachers for literacy and numeracy as well as providing greater assistance to those with learning difficulties, although the federal government is planning to axe the program causing concerns among teachers, parents and the general public.
Polling has consistently shown strong community support for Gonski, a needs-based model that directs taxpayer dollars to schools in low socio-economic areas.