P&Cs Qld welcomes release of the 2018–2019 state budget, which has a significant focus on infrastructure, education and health. In particular, the announcement of an additional 3,700 teachers over the next four years will help to improve educational outcomes for students across the state.
P&Cs Qld President Gayle Walters said, “P&Cs Qld believes in ensuring that every child has every chance for learning success. Providing more teachers is vitally important and we always welcome seeing more teachers in our schools and classrooms.”
“Also, the Queensland Education Instrumental Music program is world class, and seeing an increase of $14.4 million over four years to employ additional music teachers is definitely music to our ears. Many P&Cs support schools by funding additional hours for specialist teachers for these valuable and important programs showcasing the brilliant talent of our young Queenslanders.”
P&Cs Qld also welcomes the strong environmental message in this budget and the inclusion of the Advancing Clean Energy Schools program to install solar and energy efficiency measures across state schools. Many P&Cs have already invested in solar panels and energy- and water-saving opportunities, and welcome the government’s commitment to utilising the available space on school roofs to harness alternative energy sources.
P&Cs Qld CEO Kevan Goodworth said, “P&Cs Qld has strongly supported these energy efficiency measures through consultation with the Department. In light of the potential energy savings for schools, we will continue to advocate for the Department’s support in providing essential infrastructure, such as air-conditioning, for all schools across Queensland.”
A significant investment in the Building Future Schools Fund will provide for the expanding growth in the CBD and assist in developing master plans for schools so they can plan for the future. P&Cs Qld encourages all P&Cs to have a strong voice in master planning for their school.
An additional $250 million dollars for infrastructure for nearly 60 secondary schools to be 2020 ready will help provide new classrooms, STEM Labs and innovation spaces in these schools, preparing our students for the technological challenges facing us all.
Overall, P&Cs Qld acknowledges the opportunities in this budget for our schools, students and our P&Cs to prepare our most valuable resource – our students – for the future ahead of them.
For more information contact:
P&Cs Qld State Office 07 3352 3900
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