Australian public educators launch campaign for more funding

11:33, August 02, 2010      

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Some of Australia's leading educators on Monday banded together to draw attention to chronic underfunding in the public secondary school system.

The Fix The Education Bridge campaign, to be launched in Sydney on Monday, called on all levels of government to double the amount of money being spent on public high schools.

It also wants to see the federal government create an infrastructure program for public secondary schools, equivalent to the 14.1 billion dollars (12.8 billion U.S. dollars) Primary Schools for the 21st Century element of Labor's Building the Education Revolution scheme.

President of the Australian Secondary Principals Association Sheree Vertigan is a spokeswoman for the three-year campaign, and said the gap between public and private high schools was widening and more investment in government institutions was desperately needed.

"Without a substantial change to the way public education is funded, the drift away to non government schools will continue," Vertigan said in a statement.

"We do not - in our opinion - offer at the current time every student in a government secondary school a world class education."

The campaign also has the support of groups including the Australian Education Union and the Australian Council of State School Organizations.

Source: Xinhua


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