Gonski bus visits Bega High while on its campaign

FOR EDUCATION: Bega High School staff and members of the community greet the Gonski bus when it stops in Bega on Monday while on its way from Adelaide to Canberra. Photo: Supplied
FOR EDUCATION: Bega High School staff and members of the community greet the Gonski bus when it stops in Bega on Monday while on its way from Adelaide to Canberra. Photo: Supplied

Teachers from Bega High School have once again spoken up about securing funding that would benefit all students.

The I Give A Gonksi bus visited Bega on Monday as part of the campaign to raise awareness of cuts to the funding program that has been delivering positive results for children across the country.  

Bega High teacher and one of the vice presidents of NSW Teachers Federation Jenny Mace said the program had brought $10million of funding over four years to schools in the Eden-Monaro, ending this year. 

She said the campaign was calling for the federal government to fund the program for 2018-19, which would bring the total amount of funding to $15million for the region’s schools.

“It’s to get that extra funding to bring schools to their minimal resource standard and give students the same chance as their city counterparts or those that have those resources in their communities,” Ms Mace said. 

“The money goes to where it’s most needed.” 

She said the NSW government was “100 per cent” on board with the campaign and Member for Bega Andrew Constance had sent his apologies for not being able to meet with the teachers when the bus visited.

At Bega High, she said Gonski funding had enablled the school to make smaller classes for numeracy and literacy, employed a support worker and allowed various programs to take place.  

Ms Mace encouraged community members to put pressure on politicians to support Gonski funding. 

“We want every student in every school to be brought to the minimum resource standard,” she said.