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Sheed welcomes education forum opportunity

August 07, 2019

Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed says she is looking forward to the opportunity to listen to the concerns of parents and carers regarding the Shepparton Education Plan at a community-lead forum tomorrow night.

“I am hoping the forum will be an opportunity to hold a productive discussion between concerned parents and carers, the Department of Education, the new school’s leadership team and local political leaders,” Ms Sheed said.

“Any change of this magnitude will generate understandable worry in the community and this forum will be another opportunity to hear concerns and the Department of Education’s proposed solutions.”

The Shepparton Education Plan is designed to deliver transformational educational change to the Greater Shepparton region and provide pathways into productive jobs and careers for all public education students.

“We all agree we cannot accept the status quo. The public education needs of Greater Shepparton’s children must be addressed and ensure that all young people have equal access to the opportunities that a good and diverse education brings. Our public secondary schools are some of the lowest performing in the state and parents have been voting with their feet with total enrolment numbers declining year on year,” Ms Sheed said.

“I fought hard to get change and the Minister and the Department have responded with this transformational model. There will be challenges going forward but I am confident that the Greater Shepparton community can meet these challenges. We have done so before and this investment in our young people’s education will provide equality of access for all our public school students. It will deliver cutting-edge teaching and facilities – the most modern in regional Victoria.

“The Department of Education has considerable experience in building new schools, with over 100 to be built over the next ten years and 40 to be constructed over the next four years. Growing population and changes in how education is delivered to our young people to prepare them for the future is a reality that we cannot ignore.

“Once built, Greater Shepparton’s children will have access to a state-of-the-art campus. But they will not have to wait to begin their new education journey. It starts next year, delivering more opportunities than are currently available and providing equality of access for the region’s public system students.  I believe it is important that we grasp this opportunity for investment in our children’s future. Previous efforts to achieve such change were unsuccessful and we must not let this opportunity slip by.”

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Media contact

Myles Peterson 0467 035 840│myles.peterson@parliament.vic.gov.au

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