Thursday, 26 September 2013 11:42

Education cuts will hit Western Sydney

Media Release September 12, 2012

Major cuts to the NSW education budget will hit Western Sydney families hard, and deepen the education divide between East and West, WSROC President, Alison McLaren said today.

 

Ms McLaren said the Government’s plan to cut funding to public schools by more than $200 million over the next four years would have a devastating effect on education standards for the region which are already below average.

“Our figures show overall retention rates for Years 7 to 12 are the lowest in the Sydney metropolitan area, recording just 69.5% against 74.6% in South West Sydney, 88% in Sydney, and 95.2% in Northern Sydney,” Ms McLaren said.

“In 2009, twice as many people in Greater Western Sydney aged 15 years or older had not attended school at all, compared to the rest of Sydney and NSW.

“Cutting funds for education will only make this situation worse.

“Public schools in Western Sydney are already struggling with increased costs and lower levels of financial support from parents and the community – not because they aren’t interested but because they really don’t have any spare cash.

“The Government’s decision will mean that these schools fall further behind in the facilities and opportunities they can offer their students compared to their counterparts in more affluent suburbs where parents can afford pick up any shortfall.

“While the Government says the cuts aren’t aimed at frontline teaching positions, they will still have a huge impact on the quality of education available,” Ms McLaren said. “

“These cuts mean reduced support services, facilities and extra-curricula opportunities – things which are vital to creating a healthy interesting and engaging learning environment for all students.”

“This is a ridiculous and short-sighted measure which is based on Treasury-thinking alone – there is no consideration given to the value of building and investing in human capital.

“Education is critical to building a future for our kids, a cohesive and inclusive society and a versatile and highly skilled work force for our economy, both now and into the future.

“I would call on the Government to urgently review this decision and look again at the real social impact these cuts will have.”

 

 


Contact: Clr Alison McLaren, WSROC President on 0410 441 842

Media Inquiries Karin Bishop, Deputy CEO on 0417 239 539

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