Labor has no plan to reverse the decline in reading and writing skills

Labor has no plan to lift the literacy and numeracy outcomes in our schools.

Labor used this week’s State Budget to claim a big spend on education, but once again the bulk of funding is for capital works, not improving the reading and writing skills of our students.

We all want the best facilities for our kids to learn in, but the quality of education is not just measured in bricks and mortar. If standards and educational outcomes continue to fall, having new buildings won’t make up the difference.

Our kids need to know the basics.

Literacy is the most fundamental part of school education. It is imperative to lay a strong foundation for the later years of education.

But reading and writing skills have gone backwards under Labor and more needs to be done to support our students – especially after a lost year for many kids due to remote learning during 2020.

We can’t afford for the next generation to be held back under Labor’s failure to invest in learning outcomes.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Education, David Hodgett:

“It’s no good having a brand new school to learn in, if students are finishing primary school, unable to read and write at the expected level.

“The quality of education cannot just be measured in bricks and mortar, we need to ensure that kids are not being left behind in key literacy outcomes.

“Victorian students need a plan to reverse the decline in literacy and numeracy standards.

“The Liberal Nationals have a plan to focus investment on supporting our students, teachers and school communities and deliver better learning outcomes.

“Victorians need a plan to secure our economic recovery but all Labor offers is more taxes, fewer jobs and more pain for families and small businesses.”

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