WA BUDGET RESULTS IN REAL CUTS TO PUBLIC EDUCATION
WA’s public schools will be forced to operate with even less funding after today’s budget delivered an unsustainable 1.1 per cent increase to the education budget, which will affect the quality of education in both our public schools and TAFEs, according to The State School Teachers’ Union of WA (SSTUWA).
SSTUWA President Pat Byrne said for eight years teachers and classrooms endured cuts from the Barnett administration and now a Labor budget continued to devalue education.
“These additional cuts will have a direct and indirect impact on our teachers and their ability to deliver quality, public education to our children and trainee students,” Ms Byrne said.
“Today’s announcement of just a 1.1 per cent increase to the education budget – the lowest increase over the last five years – continues a trend started by the last Barnett Government of devaluing public education in Western Australia.
“With inflation at 1.5 per cent, and student enrolment growth in public schools at 3 per cent, we’re effectively seeing a real cut to school budgets.
“Schools will be asked to manage the additional 6500 extra students across the State and still deliver the same quality of education, but with considerably fewer resources,” she said.
The tertiary sector will also struggle with TAFE experiencing just a $5 million increase to its budget.
“There has been no fee relief for students studying at TAFE, which means it is as unaffordable as ever,” said Ms Byrne.
"With just a $5 million increase but no fee relief for students, lecturers will be asked to deliver the same teaching and learning standards, but with significantly reduced resources,” Ms Byrne said.