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2015 is shaping up as a significant year for Queensland schools : Comments

By David Robertson, published 17/7/2014

If we look back over the past decade in Queensland, virtually every major aspect of our school education system has been reviewed and the subject of reform.

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Good article David. But I do have some concerns...

You write:

< Our political leaders are to be applauded for the recent changes to Queensland school education, but a lot more work is needed, particularly to meet the needs of an increasing student population. >

< By 2031 it's expected that there will be an extra 257,000 school-aged children living in Queensland. >

< …as many as 119 new schools will be required to accommodate these extra students… >

< The Queensland Government has provided general capital support… …$51 million in the 2014-15 State Budget… …$86 million to non-state schools over four years… …It has flagged a further potential $1 billion Future Schools Fund… >

< However, independent schools have concerns that this investment might fall short of what is needed to construct the more than 100 schools needed between now and 2031. >

So, despite the enormous amount of money and effort being put into schools and education in Queensland, now and into the near future, it may not be enough to even keep up with the growing population.

Well, may I suggest David that you, along with the whole education fraternity, need to very carefully reconsider your unquestioning acceptance of this very rapid and unending population growth, and hence ever-present demand for ever-more schools, and start lobbying the government for a steady reduction in population growth, with a goal of achieving a stable population in the not-too-distant future.

This is surely a vitally important aspect of the future planning process for education… and indeed for our whole society.
Posted by Ludwig, Thursday, 17 July 2014 9:39:10 AM
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