The OECD has issued a resounding warning against Malcolm Turnbull’s cuts to education, identifying reducing educational inequality as a priority for Australia’s economy.
The Going for Growth report found that Australia’s education system showed a significant gap between high-performing and low-performing students, and said that our economy’s long-term productive and innovative capacity relied on improving education.
Shadow Minister for Education, Kate Ellis, said that this report was a strong rebuke against Malcolm Turnbull’s decision to abandon the six-year school funding agreements.
“The current six-year school funding agreements are a blueprint to a more equitable education system, but Malcolm Turnbull has trashed these agreements and confirmed he will walk away after four years,” Ms Ellis said.
“The consequences of this decision are extremely concerning – inequality in the system will be exacerbated and entrenched, and students who need the most help will simply be left behind. In fact, inequality between states and territories could be worse than before the agreements commenced.”
Labor’s Your Child. Our Future plan will fully fund the existing school agreements and ensure that every student in every classroom is given the targeted support to meet their needs.
“This OECD report is more proof that Labor’s plan isn’t only a plan for schools – it is a plan for our future economy.
“Labor’s plan will mean that by the year 2019, disadvantaged students will receive more than $1000 a year in dedicated support. Students with the most to gain will be given the most help.
“The OECD has identified investing in education as a clear priority – only Labor is committed to this goal. Labor will invest in education, Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberals will cut it.”