Posted April 02, 2020 08:15:12What do students in Australia’s education funding scheme need to get through to graduation?
Key points: The Government’s proposed education funding reforms include a freeze on school fees and grants, with all students, aged up to 18, receiving free and reduced-price school fees from April 2019Education Minister Peter Dutton has ruled out a return to the old school daysWhen it comes to funding, the Coalition has ruled itself out of the traditional school funding model.
But the Coalition’s Education Minister Peter dutton has hinted he is open to revisiting the old system if it was the right way to go.
The Coalition’s education reforms will affect almost 6,000 schools in the country, covering about 70 per cent of the population.
They include the freeze on student fees and other fees to be paid by families, and changes to the funding formula for schools, including removing the caps on funding for schools to cover the cost of teaching and staff.
Mr Dutton told the ABC the freeze would “go back to the way it was”.
“That is, that if we are not able to meet the needs of our young people, that we will take action and we will try to do that in a way that provides them with the best possible education, and that means we will also take action to make sure that we don’t overpay or underpay students and that we have the funds to ensure that we are providing quality education to our young children,” he said.
He said the reforms were about “a fairer, more efficient and more secure funding system for schools”.
But he also ruled out returning to the past and said it would “absolutely” be wrong to do so.
“It’s a really big change in the funding structure, it’s a huge change, it’ll change how we do things and it’ll mean the whole system changes,” he told the Radio National Breakfast.
He confirmed that the changes would apply to the AUS $5.9 billion schools fund, which would be scrapped if the Government was able to get all schools to meet funding targets.
He also said that any changes to funding for secondary education would be “in line with our existing funding structures”.
He confirmed a freeze was on school funding for students who had finished school.
But he said that would not apply to children who have already attended school.
Mr dutton said the changes to school funding would be introduced as “a package” that would include a “fairly robust” freeze on fees and non-refundable grants to all students.
The Government said it was “making the reforms necessary to deliver a more efficient, effective and cost-effective system” but said it did not want to take a “reckless approach”.
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