Mr GUYULA to MINISTER for EDUCATION
I was going to support the boarding school from my end (Kormilda College Motion), but I would like to go further in asking the Education minister—we have a concern that we need our community schools upgraded to lift up the schools and getting them to the highest level where we do not have to send kids to a boarding school in another town or city. We would like to keep them in the communities. The homelands school need to be better than learning centres.
Madam SPEAKER: Member, your time has expired.
Madam Speaker, I thank the Member for Nhulunbuy for the question. I, too, am a firm believer that the best place for a child to be educated is in their home community. One of the previous Labor government’s key initiatives was to make sure that students could access secondary education in their home communities.
That said, there is some work to be done across the Northern Territory to make sure that can occur and the education provided in those communities is of the highest quality.
One of our key election commitments was around community-led schools. That is about working with school communities and the families to identify exactly what they want delivered in their school community. Further to that, this government also committed $5m to upgrades of homelands centres, and I know that is work that desperately needs to be done in the 26 or so active homeland centres.
There is money set aside to upgrade homeland centres. There is also $300 000 per school, allocated by this government, to upgrade all schools across the Territory.
I take on board what you are asking and would be very happy to work with you in the future on upgrading those schools and improve education in your electorate.