Tasmanian students who most need additional support are set to suffer as the Morrison Government slashes $33.7 million from already underfunded public schools.
An analysis of Scott Morrison’s 2022-23 Budget against last year’s budget figures reveal Tasmanian private schools, already funded above the minimum standard, will receive an additional $65.5 million in Federal Government handouts over the same period.
Australian Education Union Tasmania President David Genford said Tasmanian public schools – suffering heightened teacher shortages and ongoing infrastructure problems – simply couldn’t afford more radical funding cuts.
“Teachers in Tasmania are at breaking point,” Mr Genford said.
“More and more teachers are now considering their futures in the profession over untenable working conditions, and instead of offering support, the Morrison Government is hellbent on doing the opposite.
“A $33.7m cut to Tasmanian public schools while private school investment grows, is a shameful allocation of our public spending.”
Mr Genford said without adequate investment in public school infrastructure, equipment and staffing, Tasmanian students will be left behind.
Across the board, the Federal Budget slashes funding for public schools by $559 million over the next three years, while funding for private schools has increased by $2.6 billion over the forward estimates.
No funding has been allocated for capital works in public schools as Tasmanian schools grapple with ventilation issues amid COVID-19 breakouts.
Mr Genford said Scott Morison has chosen to make inequality worse, at the expense of students who most need additional support.
“It is critical the next Federal Government commits to fund 100 percent of the minimum Schooling Resource Standard for public schools, so all students have the chance to reach their full potential,” he said.
“What is also needed is a commitment to establish a capital fund for public schools to help meet rising enrolment growth and infrastructure needs.
“The 2022-23 Federal Budget has put public education last and that’s exactly where voters should put Scott Morrison come election time.”
|Public Schools||$ MILLION|
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|Private Schools||$ MILLION|
|Year||2021 Budget||2022 Budget||INCREASE|