Canberra has a plan for schools: McKenzie

By Benalla Ensign

Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie (pictured) said she believed every student deserved a quality school education.

And that every student in every school across regional Victoria should be given every opportunity to succeed and thrive.

“In late April we saw the release of the landmark report (Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools) to transform Australia’s education system to provide better outcomes for students and teachers,” Ms McKenzie said.

“As a government the Coalition has a clear plan in front of us we can use to build a stronger school system and to ensure schools, teacher and parents have the tools and capabilities to ensure all students are given the opportunity to reach their full potential,” she said.

“We also recognise the barriers to tertiary education that those living in our regions face.

“Earlier this year we made the announcement students from regional and remote areas would be able to start university sooner because of changes that made it easier for them to be considered independent for student payments.”

Previously Ms McKenzie said students had to wait 18 months after leaving school before qualifying for independent payments – putting them out of studies for one and a half to two academic years.

She said the Coalition Government had reduced the time regional and remote students must spend earning this income from 18 months to 14 months, allowing them to study with financial support one year after leaving high school.

“We will continue to work hard on ensuring your child can have a great education and access to further study no matter where they live,” Ms McKenzie added.