Essendon Keilor College: Funding
I wish to raise a matter for the Minister for Education. The action I seek is that the minister provide the urgent funding needed to bring the facilities at Essendon Keilor College up to the standard required to deliver the excellent programs on offer at the school. During the 2010 state election campaign Labor pledged $10 million towards the redevelopment of the school. Regrettably, following the election the Baillieu government refused to honour Labor’s commitment. The school was again neglected in the recent 2012-13 state budget. This is despite the Minister for Education stating last year:
- … the conditions out at that school are disgusting, they are not safe for teachers, they are not good for those students.
Last year over 1600 people signed a petition which acknowledged that the poor condition of the current Essendon Keilor College facilities and the state of disrepair of a number of buildings are adversely affecting the education and learning experience of students attending the college.
I recently visited the school and got to see firsthand not only the school’s need for funding but its commitment to learning. Essendon Keilor College is a fantastic school which plays a leading role in a number of education initiatives and is recognised as a leader in innovative practices. I urge the Minister for Education to match the commitment to learning displayed by the college through providing adequate funding to create a school environment that sends students the message that their school matters, their education matters and their future matters.