Today’s announcement of an LNP plan to improve numeracy and literacy skills has been welcomed by Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson.
Ms Simpson said that $26 million would be provided over four years to give Principals and the school community more help for children struggling with their reading, writing and mathematics skills.
“Queensland children are now languishing at the bottom of the nation for reading writing and maths thanks to this Labor government,” Ms Simpson said.
“The LNP aims to make Queensland one of the leading states for literacy and numeracy by 2020,” Ms Simpson said.
“This initiative will be targeted to areas and schools with the greatest need, such as those in areas of disadvantage,” Ms Simpson said.
“This package is part of an extra $240 million that will be invested by an LNP Government over the next four years to get the basics right to ensure our kids get the best start in life.” Ms Simpson said
Ms Simpson said the LNP’s Plan which will deliver an additional $240 million for front line education improvements also includes:
· $54 million for 600 full-time Prep teacher aides;
· $115 million more to Build our Future Schools:
· $21 million to allow 120 state schools become Independent Public Schools;
· $3.5 million for e-learning for special need students; and
· $4 million for a Queensland Schools Plan Commission to better plan for future school needs.
This extra funding for state schools is over and above the LNP’s commitment to properly fund a strong state school system with more than $300 million of state capital funding for schools going to state schools each year.
“We need to get the basics right and only an LNP Government will do this,” said Ms Simpson
“It’s time for change. It’s time to get Queensland back on track,” she said.