Budget aims to improve education and training

More teachers and better learning facilities are two of the key elements in the New South Wales Government's Budget allocation for education, training and early childhood education.

The State Budget allocation includes:

  • $60 million for extra staffing costs in response to rising numbers of students in public schools
     
  • the employment of 900 extra teachers over five years and a review of current programs as part of the Literacy and Numeracy Action Plan
     
  • $640 million to be spent on school capital works, including two new schools – the Bass School for Special Purposes at Bass Hill and Oran Park Public School
     
  • $23 million to install 4300 interactive whiteboards in classrooms
     
  • $98 million in capital works funding for TAFE NSW, which will go towards nine major new building developments.

Education Minister Adrian Piccoli said: "The 2011-12 Budget strongly supports the NSW Government's objectives of improving education results for all students, strengthening the NSW skills base, and reducing the learning gap between Aboriginal Australians and the wider community."

While $9.9 billion is being spent on public schools, the budget also outlays $2.2 billion on vocational education—largely through TAFE NSW—and $279 million for early childhood education, which includes the operation of department-run preschools and supporting and regulating early childhood education and care services.

Mr Piccoli said that from next year fees will be introduced at preschools operated by the Department of Education and Communities, in line with community-based preschools.

"This will ensure consistency across the early childhood education and care sector," he said.

Fee relief will be available to families in financial need.

Read the Minister's Budget 2011-12 media release.

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