The Marshall Liberal Government is a proud supporter of public education, delivering a record investment in schools in the recent State Budget.
More than $1 billion is being invested in capital projects, including two brand new birth to Year 12 schools for the metropolitan area delivered under a Private Partnership model, and a new $100 million school in Whyalla.
“The State Government recognises that investment in our children and young people is a key driver for South Australia’s prosperity, that’s why we’re delivering record funding for education,” said Treasurer Rob Lucas.
“On World Teachers’ Day, we acknowledge the important work teachers, preschool and other support staff do each day in educating our children.
“We are currently in the process of negotiating a fair and equitable enterprise agreement with our Education Department staff and Australian Education Union (SA) members, on behalf of around 27,000 people.
“Since early May, there have been ongoing, regular face-to-face meetings between the parties – often weekly – and we strongly reject union claims that the government has not been engaging in good faith.
“In fact, to date there have been 19 meetings between the parties – the latest was yesterday -and we look forward to these talks continuing.”
Treasurer Rob Lucas said the Marshall Liberal Government will increase recurrent funding for schools by $515 million in 2021-22 – when compared to what the Labor government spent last year.
“This will be the largest amount ever spent by any government in schools,” Mr Lucas said.
“In addition to new builds, we are spending $692m over the six years to 2022-23 on upgrading 91 schools, including 29 in regional South Australia.
“We’ve also introduced a Literacy Guarantee package of measures, phonics screening checks for all Year 1 students and literacy and numeracy professional learning programs for teachers.”