Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Education spokesperson
The announcement in today's State of the State address that the government will raise leaving requirement of students to Year 12 or a Certificate Three presents the ultimate test. Can the Liberals turn their single sentence pledge into workable, long term policies that benefit Tasmanian students?
There are concerns that extending urban High Schools to Year 12 will mean fewer students go on to existing colleges nearby.
It's critical our colleges are stay open. They play an important part in the Tasmanian education system, offering students that first important taste of independent learning and offering a range of courses many high schools could not.
It would be a education disaster if Liberal election promises directly compromised student outcomes and closed our colleges.
Any change to the Education Act will be rigorously scrutinised when it comes to parliament in the Spring session to find out what it means for Tasmanian students.
Minister Rockliff's announcement of Gonski funding today will come as some relief for teachers and students struggling with the cuts from the first Hodgman Government budget.
The Liberals' 2014/15 State Budget slashed school resources, with a whopping $21.6M cut from public education, all while funding to private schools was increased. It's good to see they are going some way to support our students some two years later.