Hunter students hurt by education funding cuts

As students and teachers head back to school this week, the government schools in the Hunter have been hit hard by $18.9 million in education funding cuts thanks to the Liberal-Nationals Government.

The Federal Government is cutting $17 billion from Australian schools over the next 10 years with NSW government schools losing out on $856 million of federal government funding over the next two years (2018 and 2019) alone.

These cuts are the equivalent of sacking 8890 teachers. For NSW it equates to almost 3 teachers cut from every school. Nationally, more than 80 per cent of the government’s cuts will fall on public schools.

“As the 2018 school year commences, I wish students and teachers all the very best for another successful school year,” Federal Member for Hunter Joel Fitzgibbon said.

“But, alarmingly, the Liberal-Nationals’ school cuts mean our children are missing out. The cuts mean fewer teachers, less one-on-one attention, and less help with the basics like reading, writing, and maths.”

Labor believes Australian children deserve the world’s best schools, and the world’s best teaching. That’s why Labor has committed to restoring every dollar of the $17 billion cut from schools by the Liberals and Nationals to ensure every child gets the best possible school education.

“I’m passionate about education and I remain committed to fighting to ensure all students have the opportunity to reach their full potential. I believe education is critical to guaranteeing Australia has a strong economy and ensuring our young people can look forward to a life of well-paid and rewarding work,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.

“Malcolm Turnbull’s priorities are all wrong. Labor will restore all of the funding the Liberal-Nationals have cut from our schools.”

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