WATCH: Education funding top priority for Labor Party
ASSISTANT shadow minister for education, Amanda Rishworth believes the achievement gap between those at the high end and low end will only increase if the cuts to education go ahead.
After touring Berserker St State School yesterday with Capricornia candidate Leisa Neaton, Ms Rishworth said the Labor Party placed education as a key component and confirmed the party would recommit to all schools.
"The Liberal Party has indicated that they want to walk away from public schools, schools like Berserker, and leave it up to the State Government to fund," Ms Rishworth said.
"What we saw first-hand today is the impact that resources make to schools.
"On top of walking away from our public schools, the Liberal Party is going to cut $225 million out of the seat of Capricornia for our schools. This is a significant cut that will leave our schools worse off and the achievement gap between those at the high end and low end will only grow.
"In contrast, Labor has said we will fully fund schools years to the Gonski reforms in years five and six which will ensure there are targeted resources for the schools which need them the most. This is a really important investment.
"It means that every child, no matter where they go to school, will get the investment so they can reach their potential. An investment in teacher quality, in mentoring, having the readers and resources in the classroom that make a difference."
Ms Rishworth said she was "incredibly concerned" with the Federal Government's decision not to support public schools.
"Public schools are not something that they want to worry about, not something they want to fund and I think parents around this country will be very concerned," she said.
"For the Federal Government to say that it is all too hard and just abandon these schools, I believe it is very bad for this nation.
"It is bad for kids who go to these public schools and certainly bad for what we want to see which is an increase in achievement across the board."