MEDIA RELEASE

14 November 2019

 

Important learning facilities under threat from funding uncertainties

Tim Quilty, Liberal Democrats Member for Northern Victoria, has confirmed his belief that a good education should be available for every student.

And Mr Quilty has called on the Andrews Government to join him in this confirmation by making a funding commitment to Flexible Learning Centres in Wodonga, Benalla, Seymour and Shepparton.

The Centres have been meeting the needs of students who are falling through the cracks of the regular system, but are facing an uncertain future without an ongoing funding model.

“Sometimes students find that the regular system is not a good fit for them and they just stop going, which means their career prospects are greatly impacted,” Mr Quilty said.

“If they have limited prospects for a good career, there can be ongoing social and wellbeing issues later in life – all for the want of a good education opportunity, and this is where the Flexible Learning Centres make a huge difference.”

Mr Quilty explained that the Centres deliver education in a more tailored format with a focus on engaging students and encouraging them.

“The Centres focus on students from Years 9 to 12 and find a study pathway which works for them, catering in an individualised way for young people who would otherwise give up on education,” Mr Quilty said.

“Issues with literacy, anxiety or self-doubt can make an unfortunate combination and, unfortunately, it’s all too easy for many people not to care what happens to the students when they give up trying to go to school.”

Mr Quilty called on Education Minister James Merlino to make a commitment to fund these Flexible Learning Centres.

“There are 330 students in Benalla, Seymour, Shepparton and Wodonga who, without these outstanding Centres, would be dropping out of school completely,” Mr Quilty said.

“I urge Mr Merlino to recognise how important these facilities are, and give an undertaking to ensure their vital work can continue.”

For more information, contact Graham Springett | 0408 208819