Opinion

Education plan optimism

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September 01, 2017

Vicotorian Government Education Minister James Merlino and Member for Shepparton Suzanna Sheed are championing the Shepparton Education Plan that is being backed by community.

When it comes to giving a a child a good start in life, nothing can go further than a good education.

A good school with good teachers can be the difference between a student finding their passion or giving up and dropping out.

It is no secret that not every student is equal, despite a well-funded resource system across Australia.

Children who grow up in Australia’s wealthier suburbs in our capital cities are generally more likely to go to university than those from lower socio-economic areas.

It has been a topic of intense debate for the past several years in federal politics, but despite the promises and funding announcements from all levels of government things have not changed.

Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard tried to revolutionise school funding to address resources to a more needs-based model with the Gonski education reforms.

After a few backflips on schools funding under the Coalition, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull promised to change school funding again with his ‘‘Gonski 2.0’’ funding reforms.

Locally, the issue of education will be on our radar under the Shepparton Education Plan.

Today the initial findings of the study were made public and it shines a light on what the community thinks about our schools.

And people believe we can do better.

From workshops it was found that people wanted more tools to help our young people stay in schools, provide more support for students with disabilities and help our students aim higher.

It is early days for the Shepparton Education Plan, and the initial findings only provide a snapshot at community perceptions.

There is still a lot of work to be done.

State Member for Shepparton Suzanna Sheed has been optimistic about the plan, as she believes local education does not give our students the skills they need when they leave school.

The Victorian Government has said the Shepparton Education Plan would be a long-term endeavour to change our education system over 10 years.

Governments will probably change in that time, but hopefully the momentum keeps going to change our education system.

Because our children deserve a great education system.

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