WA Government to spend $5.2bn on public education

Multi-racialism is writing its own history in Australia.
Multi-racialism is writing its own history in Australia.

EDUCATION has emerged as one of the big winners of the 2019-20 state budget.

The state government will spend $5.2b on public education, which represents 18 per cent of total expenditure in the general government sector, second only to health.

$452.8m will be invested in building and improving school infrastructure, while $152.8m is due to be spent on construction of nine new primary schools, set to open over the next two years.

The primary schools set to open in 2020 in Baldivis, Banksia Grove, Byford and Caversham have shared in $74.5m in funding, while the remaining $78.3m will be reserved for primary schools expected to open in 2021 in Brabham, Southern River, Harrisdale, Baldivis and Yanchep.

The government has also committed $77.4m towards redeveloping secondary schools across Perth, with Balcatta Senior High School’s redevelopment receiving $28.5m over the next year (with $19.5m to come over the following two years).

Upgrades to Darling Range Sports College ($9.5m over the next two years) and Wanneroo Secondary College’s new sports hall and hardcourts ($4.75m over the next two years) also received funding.

A $50m guarantee for major upgrades to specialist facilities at John Forrest Secondary College headlines the list of new works receiving funding, alongside $7.1m for a permanent two storey building at Victoria Park Primary School and $4m for new facilities at Mt Lawley Senior High School.

The State Government’s focus on STEM has been represented in the form of a $3m allocation for science labs in 51 primary schools across the state.

Also included in the budget is an additional $40m over the next five years to support students with a disability in public schools.

 

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