"Norwood Secondary College is being short-changed by Daniel Andrews in the State Budget," said Dee Ryall MP, State Member for Ringwood at a visit to the College with the Hon. Nick Wakening MP, Shadow Minister for Education today.
After many discussions and meetings in the lead-up to the election, it became very clear that the College's needs included the funding for both a sports/performing arts stadium and a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) centre.
"Norwood Secondary College is a replica of my old high school, and the science facilities are identical to the old and worn ones I left behind in 1984," Ms Ryall said. "This is why the former Coalition Government committed an extra $3 million to total $7.5 million for Norwood’s stadium and STEM centre."
“It is well documented that job opportunities and careers for such a large proportion of our students today will be in the STEM related occupations,” Ms Ryall said. "If we just think about technological advancement, this makes the STEM centre critical to the future opportunities of Norwood Students," said Ms Ryall.
Labor has cunningly tried to avoid scrutiny by grouping 4 Maroondah schools together in the budget. “It is unclear how much each of the four schools will get this coming financial year, from the less than $1.4 million budgeted between them,” Mr Wakeling said. “Furthermore no-one knows how much each school will get from the only $10 million budgeted between them next financial year through to mid-2018,”. Mr Wakeling said that “cutting funds to deal with the long-term neglect of Norwood Secondary College is nothing short of disgraceful."
“Visiting the school today, it is even more apparent that Labor’s funding falls well short of making a difference to the learning outcomes and career opportunities for Norwood’s 1100 students,” said Ms Ryall.
“As with all schools I represent, I will fight for Norwood Secondary College’s fair share including the STEM centre, so critical to the future job opportunities of its students” Ms Ryall said.