BACK GONSKI: Labor candidate for Maranoa David Kerrigan with the Teacher’s Union on Friday.
BACK GONSKI: Labor candidate for Maranoa David Kerrigan with the Teacher’s Union on Friday. Blake Antrobus

Gonski funding remains a priority for Maranoa schools

ROMA does give a Gonski about its education system, with a packed crowd at Irish McGann’s campaigning for more funding towards Maranoa schools.

Members of the teacher’s union took to the pub as part of the extended campaign for Gonski funding in Maranoa schools, supported by Labor candidate for Maranoa David Kerrigan.

Gonski co-ordinator Chris Smith said the program was needs-based, focussing on areas with notable disadvantages compared to urban and metro education centres.

“The Gonski model is a big influx of funding to the education system that aims to resolve some of the things missing for quite some time,” he said.

“We’ve seen clear-cut positive outcomes for the schools that are already there to see.”

Roma State College has already received an additional $185,000 of funding for 2016, and has been promised the same amount for the following year.

Mr Smith said there were concerns that the program funding would not be promised from the Coalition government, and the campaign aimed to keep the funding back in local schools.

“The money has been used to keep Year 12s leaving with education qualifications, fund better OP results and fund another teacher for the prep school; we want to see the last two years of funding go back into the school system to keep positive results going,” he said.

David Kerrigan said the Maranoa region faces a $33million cut if the Coalition did not commit to the funding, and stated Labor would commit to Gonski funding.

“The Federal Government has lost touch with country Queensland, and has failed to deliver for the people; it’s one of our major policies in education that we will bring to this election,” he said.


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