The Executive Director of Schools in the Diocese of Parramatta says the Federal Government announcement to overhaul the school funding model was a ‘major distraction’ for school communities.
In a statement released on Friday, Greg Whitby said: ‘This is a major distraction for teachers and school leaders who just want to get on with the job of providing the best learning and teaching opportunities for their students.
‘While we have guarantees for the next school year, beyond that we now have no certainty about how the funding ‘envelope’ will be determined or distributed.’
‘The Gonski review wasn’t just about funding. It recommended a set of reforms, which are enshrined in the Australian Education Act,’ he said. ‘We need to know whether these reforms will be impacted by the Federal Government’s proposed changes.’
Mr Whitby has written to local Coalition Members of Parliament in western Sydney urging them to present his concerns to the Federal Education Minister.
At the same, the Council of Catholic School Parents NSW has called on all state, territory and federal education ministers to work together as a matter of urgency to settle the funding uncertainty which has reared its head once again.
Danielle Cronin, CCSPNSW Executive Director, said, “All Australian parents deserve greater clarity and certainty around the future funding of their children’s schools”.
“All Australian school communities need to be assured they will be no worse off as a result of this week’s developments. They need to be able to get on with the job of planning for the future and ensuring all children, but particularly those in the most disadvantaged circumstances, receive the high quality education and support they deserve”, she said.
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