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So much for an education 'revolution'



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THE HON TONY SMITH MP S H A D O W M I N I S T E R F O R E D U C A T I O N , A P P R E N T I C E S H I P S & T R A I N I N G F E D E R A L M E M B E R F O R C A S E Y

M E D I A R E L E A S E

TSE024/08 Tuesday, 13 May 2008

SO MUCH FOR AN EDUCATION ‘REVOLUTION’

Parents, teachers and students have a right to feel cheated after the Rudd Government’s over-hyped but disappointing education Budget, the Shadow Minister for Education, Apprenticeships and Training, Tony Smith, said today.

Mr Smith said the Budget was nothing more than a re-announcement of Labor’s election commitments that will be funded by axing other key education programmes.

“As expected, the so-called education revolution was nothing more than a cheap election campaign slogan,” Mr Smith said.

“What’s worse is that most of Labor’s funding will go directly to the state governments - not schools and parents. This will mean more mediocrity and cover-ups.

“This is a half-baked revolution that won’t improve standards or performances in our education system.”

Mr Smith said primary schools are the biggest losers of the ‘revolution’. There are no new initiatives for primary schools with funding directed to programmes specifically for secondary schools.

“There is no additional funding to pay for the massive additional costs of Labor’s underfunded digital revolution, which is already resulting in schools having to fundraise to pay for the extra costs so they can actually use the computers,” Mr Smith said.

“The Rudd Government has recognised there’s a gaping hole in its funding for its digital revolution yet chosen to do nothing to do about it.

“Labor’s election promises have come at the cost of key programmes for schools such as the $1.2 billion Investing in Our Schools programme, the $700 literacy and numeracy tuition vouchers for struggling kids, summer schools for teachers and bonuses for schools.

“All of these programmes were designed to help students who needed it most and improve standards in our schools.”

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