Build Schools not Prisons

With an election on the horizon, the Andrews government has announced $353 million for 12 new schools. But experts say this is only half of what is needed to meet the enrolment boom.

Victoria likes to refer to itself as the 'education state'. That may be the case if you can afford private school fees. But for public school students, while they experience top notch teaching from staff working in difficult conditions, the facilities are anything but state of the art.

State schools are overcrowded with many students shoved into portables with all the discomfort that entails - freezing cold in winter, sweltering hot in summer.

In some situations the state is paying to lease buildings from Catholic schools to make up for the classroom shortage.

Exacerbating the problem has been the closure of a number of state schools and the sell-off of public land to private developers to throw up townhouses.

With an election on the horizon, the Andrews government has announced $353 million for 12 new schools.

But experts say this is only half of what is needed to meet the enrolment boom.

At the same time $700million has been earmarked to build a maximum security prison at Lara. Instead of spending millions on new prisons, the Victorian Socialists are campaigning for the state government to massively step up its investment in our state schools.

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/a-solution-to-the-enrolment-boom-state-students-in-catholic-schools-20180605-p4zjj5.html