Teachers sceptical about Abbott’s commitment to Gonski
TWEED Teachers Association is calling Tony Abbott out on his proposed version of the Gonski reforms.
Tony Abbott has said the LNP would commit to the first four years of the Federal Government's six-year education funding plan.
Tweed Teachers' Association President Dean Hillard said educational funding was being used as a political ploy, while the real concern should be for the children it affects.
"The majority of the Gonski funding is allocated to years five and six," Mr Hillard said.
According to the current Gonski plans, $3.2 million of the $5 million dedicated to NSW schools would be used in the final two years.
Mr Hillard said the risk of NSW missing out on 64% of its allocated funding would see Tweed schools go backwards.
No one really knows what they will do after four years...there's no certainty.
"Tony Abbott said he's matching Labor dollar for dollar, but they're not," Mr Hillard said.
"Gonski in its original form aims for equity in funding."
Mr Hillard said Mr Abbott's announcement has left the NSW Teachers Federation unconvinced.
"It will affect schools all across NSW," Mr Hillard said.
"The unions all support Gonski."
"It will be put in place to assist all students regardless of their postcode or their parents' wealth."
"The LNP haven't clearly outlined their plans for the following two years."
Mr Hillard says the Tweed Teachers' Association, with about 350 members, is unanimous that the LNP's four-year plan is not enough.
"No one really knows what they will do after the four years," Mr Hillard said.
"There's no certainty."