Some Deniliquin High School teachers donned bright green shirts in suppport of the Gonski Bus Road Trip tour, which stopped at the school on Friday.CASS SAVELLIS March 4, 2014 4:35am
Deni High teachers Jessica Burton, Hayley Hall, Martin Blake, Bronwyn Caldwell, Ella Arentz and Kendl Cramer.
The Gonski Bus Road Trip tour stopped at Deniliquin High School on Friday.
Some local teachers donned bright green shirts in support of the road trip, which is aimed at encouraging as many people as possible to get behind the Gonski Reform.
The Teachers Federation, which organised the tour, says the Gonski Reform will see essential government funding poured into schools.
Funding agreements as part of Gonski recommendations that were to be rolled out over six years were signed last year by NSW, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT.
These have now been altered, according to the federation, with the federal government now only promising to uphold the funding until the middle of 2017.
NSW Teachers Federation western region representative Brett Bertalli says Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Member for Farrer Sussan Ley have only guaranteed less than one-third of funds to schools.
‘‘We are calling on the support of parents and supporters of education to ask Ley for the full Gonski funding,’’ he said.
‘‘Four Gonski buses are touring the state before rolling into Canberra on March 18.
‘‘We will visit 20 different communities, with a Gonski relay torch being passed from town to town.’’
Deniliquin High School teacher Paul Ferguson said the school would ‘‘qualify for an extra $3 million if Gonski funding is implemented as per the recommendation’’.
‘‘The local primary schools would also receive much better funding,’’ he said.
‘‘You can imagine how present and future students would benefit from this – hopefully the local community can get behind the push for the Federal Government to honour the whole Gonski package, not just the first few years.’’
~ Cass Savellis
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