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Teacher training funds won't compensate for Gonski loss

THE education union has criticised a $16.9 million injection into teacher training efforts, arguing the program would not compensate for the loss of the Gonski funding in 2018 and 2019.

Education Minister Christopher Pyne said on Thursday the funds would go to the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership to help ensure that teacher graduates were "classroom ready".

The funds would help implement the recommendations of Mr Pyne's ministerial advisory group, including new literacy and numeracy tests for university students studying to be teachers from this year.

But Australian Education Union federal president Correna Haythorpe said the program would not compensate for a $3 billion loss if the government failed to honour the final two years of Gonski funding, in 2018 and 2019, in next week's budget.

She said she hoped the budget would contain "more than just piecemeal initiatives", again calling for the funding originally proposed by David Gonski's education funding review to be rectified.


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