Budget an ‘opportunity missed’

10/5/2018
Budget

The real deficit in 2018 Federal Budget is an absence of strategic thinking and planning about how to fund learning in the new ‘knowledge economy’, says Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta Executive Director Greg Whitby AM.

“This was a huge opportunity missed,” Mr Whitby said. “The budget provides no long-term commitment to early learning, vocational education, TAFE and other learning pathways. It is time for a pre-school to post-school model of funding that excludes no-one.”

Mr Whitby said the release last week of David Gonski’s report Through Growth to Achievement: Report of the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools provides a blueprint for how schools need to change if they are going to stay relevant and meet the needs of students in a world of unprecedented change.

“We now have the roadmap,” Mr Whitby said. “The next step to reset the funding compass. Just imagine what could be possible if we acknowledged that all learning and learners should be valued and supported equally.

“The education landscape is changing. As a nation, how are we responding to these changes? We have the way forward; now we need a long-term fiscal vision for how we make this happen.

“What are we waiting for?”

 

Posted By CathEd Parra at 10/05/2018 8:05:17 AM
 
   
  
 

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