P&Cs Qld congratulates the State Government on the record increase in education funding included in the 2019–2020 state budget. We particularly welcome the measures put in place to improve educational outcomes throughout the state, student mental health and cyberbullying initiatives and the significant capital investment in eight new Queensland schools to support our growing communities.
P&Cs Qld President Gayle Walters said, “We are incredibly pleased to see a continued commitment to early childhood development programs and services which many parents know provide strong foundations for our most vulnerable young students.”
“Providing additional teachers goes a long way to allowing all students to realise their full potential so the employment of more than 1000 teachers will help ensure every child receives every chance of learning success.”
“It is well known that many of our P&Cs are committed to raising funds for air conditioning in classrooms so while the $100 million allocated for this purpose is good news, P&Cs Qld would like to see this program extended so that ALL schools in Qld are air conditioned to ensure a cool, efficient and welcome learning environment.
“The advancement of educational outcomes for rural and regional students is another important issue for P&Cs Qld and we acknowledge the delivery of 67 remote kindergartens along with further strategies improving access and participation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and those from vulnerable and disadvantaged communities.
“Equally important is the funding provided to keep these young people engaged in their education and attending school.
“Preparing our students to tackle the challenges of employment remains a priority for parents so we are pleased to see an increased focus on digital technologies and STEM subjects in the curriculum.
“P&Cs Qld also support the provision of more dedicated teachers and teacher aides for students with a disability and the development of more inclusive programs.
“The provision of further funding to support the successful implementation of the new Senior Assessment and Tertiary Entrance (SATE) systems is very welcome as is the continuing support for Queensland’s world class instrumental music program.”
P&Cs Qld acknowledges the comprehensive range of opportunities presented in this budget for our schools, students and our P&Cs.
More information for parents on the State Budget can be found at www.budget.qld.gov.au