On Tuesday teachers at Boorowa Central School held a morning tea to campaign for more equitable schools funding recommended in the recently released Gonski report into Australia’s education system.
Teachers at Boorowa Central School held an inaugural Gonski Day morning tea to celebrate the findings of the comprehensive Gonski research report and to sign a cardboard hand with ‘I Give a Gonski’ written on it.
Bronwyn Lochrin, NSW Teachers Federation representative at Boorowa Central School, said the event was an opportunity to campaign for more equitable funding for all students, including both private and public school students.
“It’s our once in a generation opportunity for us to come together and campaign for the betterment of all students in all schools,” she said.
She said the event was not about placing blame on the federal government, but saying that the current education funding system is letting students down.
The Gonski report, commissioned in 2010 and released last February, found the way schools are currently funded is inequitable, and that some public and private schools are underfunded, Ms Lochrin said.
The report found public schools should receive an extra $1500 per student each year, which for Boorowa Central School would equate to an extra $175 000 in funding each year, she said.
The NSW Teachers Federation is campaigning for the federal government to commit to a more effective, efficient and fairer system of schools funding as recommended in the Gonski report, Ms Lochrin said.