July 9, 2018 by admin
Funds needed: Frankston Primary School principal Morry Rubinstein, left, takes James Merlino and Lee Tarlamis on a tour of the school. Picture: Gary SissonsWHAT DO YOU THINK? SCROLL TO BELOW THIS STORY TO POST A COMMENT.
THE state government is letting down the pupils at Frankston Primary School by refusing to honour a funding commitment made by the former Labor government, says Opposition education spokesman James Merlino.
Mr Merlino and South-Eastern Metropolitan Region MP Lee Tarlamis said that while the school’s teaching staff provided top rate education to their students, they were doing it in outdated facilities.
In the 2010 election campaign, Labor pledged that it would fund a $500,000 refurbishment of the school’s two-storey building – a promise that the two Labor MPs say the Coalition government should honour.
“Modern teaching methods, including using information computer technology during lessons, are more difficult when the classroom is from another era,” Mr Merlino said.
Eduction Minister Martin Dixon said while the government was committed to upgrading schools it had to responsiily balance and prioritise the needs of more than 1500 government schools.
“If the principal of Frankston Primary School believes the school has urgent maintenance or safety issues requiring rectification works which exceed the school’s available funds, he should contact the education department’s southern metropolitan regional office to have the matter investigated.”
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