A lack of Budget for Education
The hot topic at the moment is certainly linked with the budget and its effect on education. Unfortunately, education came out as a big loser in this years budget announcement and although a significant amount is still being invested into the future of our children, critics, parents, and our teachers believe otherwise.
What does the budget mean for Education?
Education spending in NSW will be slashed by $1.7 billion with independent schools expected to share the pain with the public system.
Unfortunately, our very own minister, Christopher Pyne is receiving much negative attention, as even more unfortunate, is that much of his new found fame is not even linked to his role as Education Minister. However, Mr Pyne blames the decrease on education spending on the face that the “Australian Government will focus on the programs and projects the Coalition thinks are "more important", suggesting that education is simply not a priority area for Australians. Premier Barry O'Farrell supports this statement and has described the cuts as "difficult but necessary".
More disturbingly, the SMH has reported that the government sector would be expected to shed 600 staff in state and regional offices over four years - as part of a total cut of 1800 from the Department of Education.
A massive blow to education resides in tertiary education where universities and tertiary based institutions will be able to set their own fee structure commencing in 2016. This could potentially triple fees making it more difficult for future students to attain a university degree.
Universities would be able to charge a student contribution up to a maximum of $3,900 per equivalent full time student (EFTS) for high cost courses and $1,700 per EFTS for low cost courses.
Twitter has been running overtime with nearly every Australian contributing their views on the budget:
Maralyn Parker @MaralynParker May 15
The Abbott Govt sees itself as the funder of all private schools with no obligation to public (state) schools at all #budget2014
Liberal Party @LiberalAus May 15
.@billshortenmp - No solutions. No policies. No leadership. #auspol #Budget2014
Australian Labor @AustralianLabor May 15
"We will never tell Australians that the quality of their education depends on their capacity to pay." @billshortenmp #auspol #Budget2014
RN Breakfast @RNBreakfast May 15
Christopher Pyne says he didn't pay anything for his law degree- but says increased fees won't deter current students #auspol #budget2014
SBS News @SBSNews May 14
Comment: Why #Budget2014 is bad for health and worse for society http://bit.ly/1nKRLTH pic.twitter.com/SGZEESAaOG
Joe Hildebrand @Joe_Hildebrand May 13
BUDGET IN A NUTSHELL: There will be uni scholarships for disadvantaged kids but no Gonski funding to enable them to get there. #Budget2014
Australian Labor @AustralianLabor May 13
This budget is built on more than $80 billion in cuts to schools and hospitals. #auspol #Budget2014
Adam Bandt @AdamBandt May 13
Young? Bad luck. #ThreeWordBudget #Budget2014
Rhys Muldoon @rhysam May 15
Road to nowhere. #ThreeWordBudget
Jeanette @__eclectica May 13
#auspol #ThreeWordBudget You won’t believe what they’re slashing ... and spending ... in the Federal Budget 2014 http://www.couriermail.com.au/business/you-wont-believe-what-theyre-slashing-and-spending-in-the-federal-budget-2014/story-fnihpj8r-1226916439095 …
Federal Politics @PoliticsFairfax 15h
'A budget built on lies': Shorten takes aim at Abbott, details opposition to key measures on Medicare and education http://bit.ly/1hNSGhb
ACSSO @ACSSOTWEETS May 15
Education union blasts $245m budget funding for school chaplains http://fb.me/2nXQ27Njf
Ben Duggan @Ben_Duggan May 14
So much for 'no cuts to education' nekminit $30bn cut to education http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/budget-2014/bn-curtain-on-gonskis-grand-vision/story-fnmbxsc8-1226916642588# … #edchat #education #AusEdu #Gonski #goneski
Herald Sun @theheraldsun May 13
"We want to build a country that values all levels of education." - Hockey http://nwspl.us/wMwbF #Budget2014