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2018 Education Budget is going to be $1.08 billion

The Northern Territory Government made a major funding announcement for Education today.

Eva Lawler the Minister for Education spoke with Katie Woolf on 360 to make the announcement that the total 2018 Education Budget is going to be $1.08 billion.

It comes on top of Ms Lawler’s announcement last week of $13.18 million in education infrastructure fast-tracked to improve Territory school facilities and create local jobs.

“Only the Territory Labor Government can be trusted invest in education because we know this is key to generational change and creating a brighter future for all Territorians,” she said.

“We are re-investing in education after the previous CLP Government slashed $135 million from the education budget and sacked teachers and frontline staff.

“Within a year of coming to Government, Labor had an extra 178 more school based staff (including 125 more teachers).

“Every Territory child deserves the best start in life and this year’s education budget is about supporting every child to engage in their learning, grow and achieve their full potential.

“It will also support the hiring of more teachers.”

Budget 2018 includes the second round of the Building Better Schools initiative, which will see every Territory school receive $300,000 to upgrade their infrastructure over this term of government.

Ms Lawler this morning visited Driver Primary School, which has received an increase in budget to meet the needs of its growing student numbers.

Driver Primary School Principal Danielle Hall said the school’s increased budget allocation would enable the recruitment of additional teachers, as well as the purchase of other important learning resources for students.

“With an increase in student numbers and a budget to reflect this, the Driver Primary School Board is excited about continuing existing successful programs, exploring additional innovations and enhancing our play spaces,” Ms Hall said.

Budget 2018 is delivering on the first year of the improved School Resourcing Model based on an independent review by Ernst & Young which is fair, predictable and targets resourcing to student need. Implementation of the model is being supported through an additional investment of $39M over four years.

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