Despite record revenues, the State Government has cut more than $250 million a year from the budget for public education since 2013.
This has seen more than 600 full time equivalent teaching roles cut, in addition to the axing of more than 1,000 education assistants. In our classrooms, this means less individual attention for our kids, and the axing of special programs, such as excursions.
With the financial circumstances of many families changing at the end of the mining boom, many parents are taking their children out of private education. This is putting even greater pressure on our public schools and increasing class sizes.
The combination of increased demand and fewer resources is stretching our public education system, with education outcomes bound to suffer. How is this good for the long term future of the Western Australian economy?
A plan for WA Jobs needs proper funding for public education, so that all children get a quality education.
Sign our petition and download our plan for WA jobs here.