Education savings measures reversed

12 Jan, 2018 07:50 AM


Schools of the Air will remain open in regional Western Australia

Funding for the Gifted and Talented Program in schools will be maintained

Intake into the Level 3 classroom teacher program will not be put on hold

Accommodation at Northam Residential College will remain open

AFTER serious consideration, the McGowan Government has decided to reverse a number of education savings measures in an effort to strike the right balance between responsible financial management and quality education services.

Last month, in order to deliver budget savings a range of measures were announced to be implemented by the Department of Education from 2019.

All measures were estimated to provide a total of $64 million in savings across the forward estimates.

With the decision to reverse some of those measures, the total saving to the budget is now estimated to be about $41m.

The 'Follow the Dream' program will also continue to receive Department of Education funding.

"Since taking office, we have announced a number of saving and revenue measures to ensure the burden of budget repair is shared across the community," said Premier Mark McGowan today.

"Education is pulling its weight, but upon reflection we realise we took it too far when it comes to education services and we now need to get the balance right.

"As Premier, I will always lead a government that governs in the interests of all Western Australians.

"We won't take our eye off the ball when it comes to the finances, but we won't compromise the quality of education in the process."

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said finding savings in education was extremely difficult and in an effort to help fix the finances, they made a rushed decision that left many people feeling anxious and distressed.

"We've listened to the concerns raised and took time to further analyse the impact of the savings measures announced both from a financial and education perspective," Ms Ellery said.

"These changes announced today strike the right balance and ensure that every child receives a high-quality education, no matter where they live.

"I won't shy away from finding savings and helping contribute to budget repair."



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