- Kerrie Davis
Fighting for funding
STATE Member for Londonderry, Prue Car has launched a blistering campaign against education cuts, including a video that has been viewed nearly 40,000 times on social media.
In the video, Mrs Car also says 'Smart and Skilled' - a new vocational educational and training policy launched by the NSW government means that Tafe has to compete for students and funding with private providers in a private market.
She further states that since its introduction, there are 43,000 fewer students enrolled in TAFE and those who are left are paying higher fees.
Mrs Car, who is also the Shadow Minister for Skills and the Shadow Assistant Minister for Education, said new data released last week shows an investment failure for the future of NSW schools and TAFE.
"An Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) report detailing government expenditure in education over the last ten years paints a damning picture for the Premier and Education Minister Adrian Piccoli," Mrs Car said.
"Spending on new capital works in NSW primary and high schools is the lowest in ten years. NSW spent less on new schools and new buildings in 2015 than it did in 2005.
New building works fell by $54 million between 2013-14 and 2014-15 – a cut of 15 per cent in just one year."
New building works includes new primary and high schools and upgrades to existing schools including new and refurbished classrooms, libraries, science labs and halls.
"Schools across NSW are overcrowded, playgrounds are full of demountable classrooms and existing facilities are crumbling under a $732 million maintenance backlog," Mrs Car added.
"Mike Baird’s budget cuts are hurting schools in NSW. The priority needs to be building modern schools with the facilities our kids need to get the best education possible."