Premier Gladys Berejiklian has broken her promise to ensure her federal Liberal colleagues honour the so called Gonski funding agreement, costing schools in the Shellharbour electorate, millions of dollars in funding.
The Federal Liberal Government will cut funding to almost every NSW public school, according to figures obtained under Freedom of Information laws released by the NSW Teachers Federation.
Under Ms Berejiklian’s watch the Federal Liberal Government is being allowed to slash more than $846 million, due to be delivered in 2018-19, from public schools right across NSW.
This is despite her promise in January to “make sure the federal government sticks to all of its commitments in relation to Gonski”.
The Shellharbour electorate alone will have almost $11 million wiped from the budget of its schools.
“I am disgusted to see that almost every school within the Shellharbour electorate will be affected by this funding shortfall”.
“Two local high schools will cop the brunt of these funding cuts, with Lake Illawarra High School having $1,183,365 ripped from its budget, whilst Warilla High School is set to lose $1,121,117”.
“How can the Premier praise the federal government for its education funding, when schools in the Shellharbour electorate will be almost $11 million worse off over the next two years?” said Ms Watson.
In NSW Parliament this week the Premier failed to say how she will make up this serious shortfall.
“On her first day Ms Berejiklian said she was the ‘strongest supporter of Gonski’ – but it’s obvious she didn’t fight too hard for it”.
“The onus is now on Premier Berejiklian to assure local students, parents and teachers that they won’t miss out as a result of this, yet another broken promise” said Ms Watson.
Shellharbour Schools affected by budget cuts:
|Balarang Public School||-$350,280.00|
|Barrack Heights Public School||-$550,917.00|
|Dapto High School||-$828,133.00|
|Dapto Public School||-$589,863.00|
|Flinders Public School||-$441,327.00|
|Hayes Park Public School||-$512,011.00|
|Koonawarra Public School||-$633,538.00|
|Lake Illawarra High School||-$1,183,365.00|
|Lake Illawarra South Public School||-$242,757.00|
|Lakelands Public School||-$424,419.00|
|Mount Brown Public School||-$357,015.00|
|Mount Warrigal Public School||-$506,454.00|
|Oak Flats High School||-$1,095,338.00|
|Oak Flats Public School||-$455,457.00|
|Shell Cove Public School||-$363,083.00|
|Shellharbour Public School||-$329,627.00|
|Warilla High School||-$1,121,117.00|
|Warilla North Public School||-$462,611.00|
|Warilla Public School||-$403,775.00|
11 May 2017