Broken promises on schools ‘a scandal’

He said he had used Freedom of Information (FoI) laws to uncover plans for $20 million in upgrades to Southern River College and Thornlie Senior High School, both built before 1980, but last week’s budget failed to include funding.

He said the documents he had found had plans for a performing arts and media centre, sports hall extension, new netball court surfaces and a science lab refit for Southern River College.

Thornlie was scheduled to get a new dance and media studio and upgrades to the commercial teaching kitchens and science lab.

But the budget made no mention of the plans.

‘The promise to upgrade our two secondary schools is broken,’ he said.

‘It’s a scandal.’

WA Treasurer Mike Nahan said when making budget announcements that next year’s 4.3 per cent growth in education meant that since 2008, the Government had increased education spending by 60 per cent.

‘WA has the best resourced schools and the highest paid teachers of any State in the country and this funding boost will maintain that ranking, while at the same time introduce a new funding model that will more effectively deliver education outcomes,’ he said.

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Education in the State Budget
– 550 more teachers to be employed by the end of next year
– Extra $188 million spent next year (up 4.3 per cent on 2013-14)
– $1.16 billion to 2017-18 for school upgrades and building 19 new schools