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Andrews plays politics with students’ futures

Despite all his claims to “save” TAFEs and reopen campuses, Daniel Andrews doesn’t plan to attract a single additional student next year.

Shadow Minister for Training, Skills and Apprenticeships Steph Ryan said the 2015/16 State Budget estimated 443,687 students would be enrolled in government subsidised training next year (Budget Paper 3 p187) – the same number of students recorded in 2014.

Two months ago when releasing the 2014 Victorian Training Report, Minister Steve Herbert claimed that figure represented ‘a failure of our training system at exactly the time when our economy and people needed it the most’.

But yesterday in Question Time, he claimed ‘while numbers are one thing, training and quality are another’.

The Budget also reveals that Labor intends to cut almost 80,000 government subsidised places for young people – from 40 per cent last year down to 22.5 per cent in 2015/16 (BP3 p187).

Comments from Steph Ryan:

“Labor cares more about a political headline than delivering real outcomes for Victorian students,” Ms Ryan said.

“The former Labor government opened up the training market and forced TAFEs to compete with private providers, providing them no assistance to manage the transition.

“The Andrews Labor Government says it will spend $320 million ‘saving’ TAFEs but the government is not planning to enrol a single extra student next year.

“It is absolutely clear from its first State Budget that this government is about politics, not people.”