Funding watch begins

FUNDING is something that every organisation constantly battles with, while some have to rely on others.

With an analysis of the 2012 Federal Budget predicting government school funding would be cut over the next four years, our education representatives will not let our kids go short.

If real term changes such as wages and the cost of teaching materials are not taken into account, government schools could suffer a 12% funding cut while private schools have a forecast funding increase of 15%.

Southern Downs local member Lawrence Springborg said that he will continue to monitor this issue.

"For schools in my electorate, I will be keeping an eye on this and I will be working closely with the education minister, John-Paul Langbroek, to make sure that current levels of funding aren't frozen," Mr Springborg said.

Education Queensland assistant-director general for corporate strategy and performance Jeff Hunt said Queensland would campaign for what its schools needed.

"Queensland will continue to advocate with the Australian government to help ensure that all schools receive appropriate funding to support access to high quality education," Mr Hunt said.

"This includes planning for the transition of year 7 to secondary from 2015 and incorporates budget allocations to support this move, including teachers, support staff and school facilities."

Australian Education Union federal president Angelo Gavrielatos said the Gonski Review found the current funding system was failing too many students.

"It makes it clear that the Federal Government is under-investing in public schools and with its greater revenue raising powers, it needs to be looking at providing the majority of the $5 billion a year that is necessary to ensure every child is getting a high quality education," he said.

Topics:  education schools

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