Building The Education State In Geelong
The Andrews Labor Government’s first Education State Budget is rebuilding Geelong High School and giving its students the best start in life.
Minister for Education, James Merlino, today visited the school to officially announce the $12 million modernisation.
The $12 million funding, secured in the 2015-16 Victorian Budget, will build new classrooms as well as upgrade hospitality and arts facilities, administration areas and toilet blocks.
The Labor Government’s Budget invests close to $4 billion in Victoria’s education and skills system – representing the single biggest boost to education funding in Victoria’s history.
The Budget provides $325 million to renovate, refurbish or rebuild 67 schools. It will fund the first stage of an extensive asbestos removal program so that families can be assured their children are being educated in safe schools.
It also includes $180 million for programs that will help families cover the extra costs of education, like camps, excursions and uniforms, so no child misses out.
For Victoria to become the Education State, it is vital that all Victorians join in the Education State consultation and share their ideas and aspirations for our education system.
Head to www.educationstate.education.vic.gov.au to join in the conversation.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino
“We’re investing more than $4 billion to make Victoria the Education State, so every community has a great local school and every child gets the chance to succeed.”
“This major investment will give students a state-of-the-art learning environment and teachers the facilities to continue providing a world-class education.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Geelong Christine Couzens
“We’re rebuilding Geelong High School and giving its students the safe, modern and comfortable classrooms that they need to learn.”