“A sad day for education in New South Wales”
Dan White, Executive Director of Sydney Catholic Schools, says that he expects parents in all New South Wales schools to be bitterly disappointed with the education funding cuts that were announced on Tuesday 11 August by Minister Adrian Piccoli and Premier Barry O’Farrell.
"It was a sad day for education in New South Wales," Dr White said.
"Students in all New South Wales schools and TAFEs will be the losers as a result of the announcement made by the O’Farrell Government.
"Make no mistake: this decision will hit hard right across the education sector. For non-government schools, the four-year funding freeze means a cut of $116m. This will certainly have an impact on the services that we will be able to provide to students in the years ahead. I believe that our children deserve better."
Dr White believes that the cuts are short-sighted, and come at a time when there is widespread agreement that an overall increase in funding is needed for students in all Australian schools.
"The recommendations from the Gonski Review, which received widespread support (and were endorsed by Minister Piccoli) highlighted the need for more investment in education, not less. This is a blow to families, " Dr White said.
"The parents in our school communities have already expressed their deep concerns about proposed cuts to education, and although the cuts that were announced are not as savage as first mooted, I am sure they will angry about the government’s action. They realise that there will be an impact on the services that we will be able to provide for their children.
"Of course, there will always be the need to balance the provision of government services with financial restraint, but a decision to de-invest in education sends the wrong message about what we should value most as a society."
Statement by the Executive Director of Schools in the Diocese of Parramatta
(link redirects to Catholic Education Parramatta site)
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