GOLD Coast families will have greater access to high quality education and training opportunities with the release of the Queensland 2014-15 State Budget, with allocated funding increasing by seven per cent to $11.8 billion.
Minister for Education Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek said the new Budget would enable the Government to continue revitalising education and training services.
“Everything we do in education is aimed at achieving better student outcomes, and we are achieving this by directing funding towards teacher equality, improving school autonomy and enhancing student discipline,” Mr Langbroek said.
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Six million dollars will be invested for additional state schools to become Independent Public Schools as part of a four-year election promise, giving more schools greater local control.
A further $94 million will be set aside to ensure a smooth transition for for schools as Year 7 moves to high school next year.
An addition 761 teachers and teacher aides will be allocated across the state in response to enrolment growth and students with special needs.
For prep teacher aides, an extra 2,250 hours will be allocated as part of a four year $54 million Boosting Prep for our children’s future commitment.
Mr Langbroek said the 2014-15 Budget included a significant investment in school infrastructure, so that schools were once again a place of pride for students to learn, teachers to teach and communities to gather.
“The Budget will deliver $100 million to fix rusty down pipes, ripped carpet, and peeling paint in Queensland state schools,” Mr Langbroek said.
“This is on top of more than $140 million being spent on capital projects to improve schools, training facilities and kindergartens.”
Ten new schools will be delivered across the state through a $1.38 billion Public Private Partnership with $59 million allocated to the project in 2014-15.
“We’re spending up to $13 million over three years in the School to Trade Pathway and Group Training Orgranisation Additional Apprentice Bonus initiatives to support our commitment to create 10,000 additional apprenticeships over six years,” Mr Langbroek said.
“We’re continuing to offer fee-free apprenticeships and traineeships in high priority skills areas to year 12 graduates.”
The Budget also provides $10 million to support registered training and community organisations to create job-focused training as part of the $47 million Community Learning Program.
Mr Langrboek said the Newman Government was mapping a 30-year vision for school education.
“This vision will build on the Queensland Plan to determine priorities for our schools and ensure present and future students are given the best possible education and job opportunities,” he said.