Minister has high hopes for Colac education

Peter Garrett and company in Colac

Trinity College principal Tim O’Farrell, right, and trainer Sheryl Duncan, third from left, introduce Peter Garrett, second from right, and Darren Cheeseman, left, to Colac’s latest batch of cooking students.

SCHOOLS Education Minister Peter Garrett has high hopes for Colac school funding.

The former Midnight Oil singer visited Colac this week to open Colac’s trade training centres and said he hoped Premier Denis Napthine would follow New South Wales and sign up to the $4-billion reform.

“I’m confident that we will see the states join with the Commonwealth,” Mr Garrett said.

He said Colac and district was well placed to benefit from extra funding for disadvantaged students.

“We will definitely see additional investment going to schools in this region where there were concentrations of disadvantage,” he said.

“Every school will see an increase in funding.

“The standard and level of education that they receive is amongst the strongest determinants of the kind of life that they will live.

“No child should be prevented from being the best they can be simply because of their background.”

Mr Garrett said world-class education was necessary to ensure Australia remained competitive with other countries.

“The standard of education attainment that a nation has is also a key determinant about the economic prosperity of that nation,” Mr Garrett said.

Corangamite MP Darren Cheeseman said schools in Corangamite would be $22 million better off under the new reform, which the government based on the David Gonski education review.

“It is critical that Colac students are not left behind; we all need to pressure Dr Napthine to sign on to the extra funds,” Mr Cheeseman said.

“Labor has committed that for every extra dollar that the Victorian Government is prepared to invest, the Federal Government will pay two,” he said.

“If Victoria signs on, our local schools will develop improvement plans that will show our community how they will use the additional funds to drive up results and support all students.”


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