Minister for Education James Merlino today visited Wandong Primary School to discuss extra funding, tour the school and meet staff and students.
The school is set for a boost next year of $99,662 in equity funding, up from nothing this year. This increase is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s Education State commitment to provide an extra $566 million to help schools and students most in need to break the cycle of disadvantage.
Mr Merlino also praised the way the school picked itself up after Black Saturday when it and the local community were so badly affected.
Altogether, the 2015-16 State Budget invests almost $4 billion in Victoria’s education and skills system – representing the single biggest boost to education funding in Victoria’s history.
The Budget provides $325 million to renovate, refurbish or rebuild 67 schools. It will fund the first stage of an extensive asbestos removal program so that families can be assured their children are being educated in safe schools.
It also includes $180 million for programs that will help families cover the extra costs of education, like camps, excursions and uniforms, so no child misses out.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Education, James Merlino
“We’re investing almost $4 billion to make Victoria the Education State, so every community has access to great local schools and every child gets the chance to succeed.”
Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes
“I commend Principal Rhonda Cole and the teachers and support staff for their commitment to their students and families.”
Reviewed 10 February 2021