30 August 2011

The Baillieu Government should immediately reinstate funding for an education program that gives school students important hands-on training in the workforce, Member for Brunswick, Jane Garrett said today.

Jane Garrett raised the matter in parliament today, calling on the Government to rethink its heartless decision to cut $12 million for coordinators of the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) program.

“It was astonishing that Mr Baillieu had chosen to abolish funding for VCAL coordinators who mentor students,” Ms Garrett said.

“I have raised this matter in parliament because the Baillieu Government needs to understand the devastating impact this decision will have on young people.

“VCAL is an important senior secondary qualification for year 11 and 12 students.

“Local schools in the Brunswick electorate, specifically Brunswick Secondary College and Sydney Road Community School, offer VCAL as an alternative study option to VCE.

“The program provides students with related work experience, literacy and numeracy skills, and the opportunity to develop personal skills in order to prepare them for further education, training or employment.

“Mr Baillieu needs to explain how slashing funding and programs to VCAL assists students training and future work prospects.”

“This program cut is unfair, and will no doubt have long term impacts on education and skills of Victoria’s young people.”

Ms Garrett said this decision was part of the Baillieu’s Government’s $481 million cuts to the education sector.

“In the past nine months, Mr Baillieu has halved the school capital works budget, is refusing to deliver on his commitment to make Victorian teachers the highest paid in Australia, and has taken away the School Start Bonus from 100,000 Victorian families,” Ms Garrett said.

“It’s time this Government starts investing in education, not cutting services, but unfortunately it appears Victorian students are not a priority for the Coalition.”

For further information contact 9384 1241

Related Topics