15 April 2013

Humphries in a huff about education reforms

| Barcham
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Humphries doesn’t like the Govenment’s plan to help improve literacy in poor children, because Canberra is a rich person’s town.

“Canberra will lose because, with our city’s high socio-economic status and an education system already meeting the Gonski benchmarks, little extra funding can be expected for Canberra schools”, Senator Humphries said.

Humphries also points out a disparity in the numbers.

“Replacing $11 billion of cuts with $9.4 billion of spending doesn’t equal “unprecedented levels of investment” – it equals a cut to Commonwealth education spending of $1.6 billion.

“Robbing Peter to pay Paul is no way to improve education – especially as the robber has kept a bit for themselves!”

Senator Humphries has called the cuts a risk to the future success of the education sector in Canberra.

“One of Canberra’s major industries is education. We have students come the world over to live, study and work here.

“If the cuts make university education more costly to enter into, we can’t expect to see the same numbers of students here in our capital”, Senator Humphries concluded.

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