New call to sign up to Gonski

Written By miftah nugraha on Rabu, 26 Juni 2013 | 19.55

TASMANIA'S education union is confident Premier Lara Giddings will sign on to the Federal Government's Gonski education reforms by the end of this week.

As representatives of the Australian Education Union Tasmanian branch prepare to gather in Hobart tomorrow for a two-day conference, state president Terry Polglase said it was essential for Tasmania to sign up to the reforms or be left behind other states.

Mr Polglase said tomorrow's conference offered the Premier the opportunity to make an announcement about signing up for Gonski funding.

But he expected the announcement to be made on the weekend when Prime Minister Julia Gillard attends the State Labor Party conference in Burnie.

"We just can't say no to $260 million from the Federal Government over the next six years," Mr Polglase said.

"We will be able to provide a fair go for Tasmanian students.

"I can't see anyway in that our government will not support it.

"We have to stop the bleeding in public schools."

Ms Giddings has this week given her strongest indication yet that her Government was close to signing on to the reforms after being satisfied Tasmania would not lose about $100 million in GST payments.

Mr Polglase said the Tasmanian public school system had been inadequately funded for more than 10 years.

The funding attached to the Gonski reforms was essential to ensure the best standard of care for the 70 per cent of Tasmanian students in the public school system, he said.

"We are being asked to educate our students at the same standard as other states," Mr Polglase said.

"But we can't compete with the other states that have (already) signed on."


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