A Coalition Government will allow government schools in Higgins to self-manage their `school hall` funding grants as well as being able to keep the savings made to invest in other priorities, Federal Member for Higgins, Kelly O`Dwyer MP, said today.
¨The Labor Government continues to waste billions in the so-called Building the Education Revolution program and it is a national disgrace,¨ Ms O`Dwyer said.
¨The scale of the Rudd/Gillard Government waste on this program is worse than a scandal. It is a crime against the taxpayer.
¨Schools are best placed to manage these projects in a way that achieves real value for money.¨
A Coalition Government will:
- Redirect unspent BER `school halls` funds away from state education departments and instead give these funds directly to each school;
- Give schools the freedom to decide, in consultation with their local communities, what infrastructure they need and what will help them enhance the education of students;
- Allow each school to self manage projects in order to deliver better value for money;
- Let schools keep the money they save for investment in other worthy projects or for more comprehensive infrastructure; and
- Launch a full judicial inquiry into the program with the power to subpoena documents and summons witnesses including the program`s creators.
Under the Coalition`s Real Action Plan to Stop Labor`s School Halls Waste, principals will decide upon the priorities for each school, not the state bureaucracy.
¨Once the planned construction is complete, schools will retain any remaining money for other education or infrastructure initiatives,¨ Ms O`Dwyer said.
¨We believe many government schools will be able to save around a third of their total funding through the efficient self-management of projects, hiring local contractors, shopping around, and controlling the budget.
¨The savings could amount to thousands of extra dollars schools will be able to invest in the fit-out of classrooms, additional computers, PE equipment or anything else on the priority list,¨ she said.