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Labor’s education cuts confirmed

Last year Minister Rankine’s Education Department announced $223 million in budget cuts to meet treasury savings targets and today Education CEO Tony Harrison confirmed those cuts will go ahead

We’ve had a number of savings targets that we’ve had to work towards over the last couple of years and they will continue over the next couple of years (5AA 7/7/14)

“Almost 400 jobs will be cut from the Education Department to deliver the $223 million in budget cuts by 2017,” said Shadow Education Minister David Pisoni.

“The Minister statement that all the job losses will come from within the bureaucracy and not from teaching numbers has been undermined by her CEO.

“Mr Harrison’s qualification that schools will be exempt from job losses “particularly for this year” opens the door for cuts to schools next year and beyond.

“Minister Rankine must explain why she is cutting her education budget when she is receiving $570M in additional funding for schools from Canberra over the next 4 years.

“Minister Rankine needs to slash education funding because the Weatherill Labor Government has blown a two billion dollar hole in its last two budgets.

“There was a time when South Australia was a leader in education but under Labor we have fallen well behind,” said Mr Pisoni.

International PISA testing has seen South Australia slip from leading the nation in 2000 to now performing worse than any other State.

NAPLAN results show South Australian students are below the national average in 19 out of 20 categories.

South Australia also recorded the worst result of all states in 6 out of 20 NAPLAN categories, including Year 3 numeracy, Year 5 reading and Year 5 numeracy.