Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed has pleaded with the Andrews Labor Government to inject desperately needed infrastructure funding into the electorate’s schools.
“I visited five primary schools in my electorate last week; many are in serious need of attention from the government,” Ms Sheed said.
“Historically, schools in the Shepparton district electorate have been significantly underfunded for infrastructure spending. Many of our school communities have to raise thousands of dollars for their own needs, having been overlooked by successive governments. It’s left many schools in my electorate in need of infrastructure investment. Schools such as Orrvale, Zeerust and Bourchier Street are just a few, in need of new buildings,” Ms Sheed said.
“Meanwhile, there is a disturbing trend showing a significant decrease in enrolments in three of our secondary colleges between 2008 and 2014.
“I know we have principals and schools trying hard to get our kids up and through the school system, but the reality is, our VCE figures are not good at all, and we must do something about it,” she said.
“I have had a number of meetings with the Minister, his advisers and Education Department representatives to discuss these issues. I have also had broader discussions with many of my constituents who share these concerns.”
“We have many social challenges in our community. We want to address disadvantage and inequality, and to demand from our government an equitable share of the resources for regional communities such as ours.
Our students must be our priority, and to achieve good educational outcomes there should be investment in suitable buildings.”
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