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Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Piccoli's preschool fees bad news for public education in Casino

The O'Farrell government is sacrificing educational outcomes for a short term boost to the state's budget bottom line, according to the Greens candidate for the Clarence by-election Janet Cavanaugh and the party's education spokesperson Greens NSW MP John Kaye.
Nationals MP and Education Minister Adrian Piccoli announced as part of the September state budget that compulsory fees will be introduced from next year in the 100 preschools attached to public primary schools.
The fee structure for 2012 for preschools attached to the two public primary schools in Casino will be as follows:
School
Full fee (per child per day)
Aboriginal children (per child per day)
Healthcare card (per child per day)
Casino Public School
$10
$5
$1
Casino West Public School
$10
$5
$1

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Media comments:
Greens candidate for the Clarence Janet Cavanaugh said: "Compulsory fees are not only a deterrent to entry for low socio-economic background families but an insult to the notion of free, secular and comprehensive education.
John Kaye MP & Janet Cavanaugh in Grafton
"Requiring principals to ask parents to demonstrate hardship in order to obtain the cheaper fees is an insult to their professionalism. It will also undermine the important relationships principals have fostered with members of their local community.
"School principals are educational leaders not fee collectors.
"Strong relationships based on trust and compassion between schools and their communities are integral to improving student outcomes," said Ms Cavanaugh.
Greens NSW MP John Kaye said: "The lack of consultation with the early childhood sector, parents, teachers and their union before this new fee structure was announced suggests that the Minister knew that he was breaking faith with the community.
"The benefits of preschool are well established in Australian and international studies, particularly in towns such as Casino which have problems with youth crime.
"Fees put at risk improvements to lifelong learning outcomes, social adjustment to school life, long-term further engagement in education and income levels.
"These benefits comprehensively outweigh any budget savings that the fees will bring.
"This isn't even good economics, given the long run savings on costs in the health, criminal justice and school education systems," Dr Kaye said.

Contact: Janet Cavanaugh 0429 479 968, John Kaye 0407 1954 55

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