Letter to the Editor
Public education is this wealthy nation has been underdone for the past 15 years and now needs to return to a properly resourced system which the majority of Australian students can rely upon.
The public system has been nearly run into the ground, even the maintenance on school building needs attention. We, the public are grateful to the federal governments stimulus package which at last provided much needed school libraries and such, sadly we had to wait until the world came to economic crisis before that provision.
As a modern economy Australia needs to invest in our youth to become a more skilled based workforce as we move into a new phase of a new economy in the 21st century. The Gonski report has recently been delivered with recommendations on education funding. One aspect is certain, that is that wealthy private schools no longer require government funding. They do not need another swimming pool or another gymnasium they have the best of everything, now is the time to concentrate on advancing the public system.
The Gillard government needs to make a choice to govern for all, or continue to govern for the few in the education sector. Ordinary Australians are sick to the back teeth of seeing their children being sacrificed to the alter of the rich and powerful, we want the chance for our children to achieve with the best possible facilities, the Howard government made sure that funding was scoured towards the wealthy, this has to change for the future of our nation in the new competitive environment of the Asian century.
13 Laura Court
North Queensland, 4818
Email – sne35565