TUESDAY, 16 SEPTEMBER 2014
After the Abbott Government has already slashed over $1 billion from early childhood education alone after promising not to cut education, it has now revealed yet another half hearted betrayal of the sector.
In what is yet another broken promise from the Abbott Government when it comes to early childhood education, its $10 million language preschool trial launched today is set to fall well short of the scheme promised, covering just 40 preschools, instead of the 400,000 children promised.
The Coalition’s election policy stated:
An estimated 400,000 pre-school children would benefit as part of the online language learning trial for one year.
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“At best this Government is covering just half of a per cent of what was promised,” Shadow Minister for Early Childhood, Kate Ellis, said.
“It is astonishing that their pre-election figures were so far off. It shows this Government is clueless when it comes to early education.”
“This failure comes on top of the $1 billion in cuts announced to early education, despite promising no cuts to education before the election.”
“The Government did not do any proper analysis on the impacts of these cuts on families, and clearly didn’t do analysis on the roll-out of this scheme either.”
“This is just another example of the Government’s incompetence.”