Rotorua Weekender: $10.8 billion to deliver world class education to more children

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Over the last few years Rotorua students have made great educational progress. As a community we have also achieved a lot with the Rotorua Education Initiative 'Excel' bringing greater focus on educational achievement to all parts of our community. Budget 2015 continues this important work.

Giving children a world class education is the best start in life we can offer. Over the past four years alone, through the government’s focus on lifting success for all school children and the excellent work of teachers in our schools, we have seen rates of achievement among 18 year olds increase to 81 per cent with 58,000 more kids participating in early childhood education.

There is more to be done to continue the excellent work of teachers in raising achievement standards and ensure that our education system is one of the best in the world. We are investing in initiatives that have proven to make the biggest difference to better outcomes for kids. Budget 2015 announced a further $686.7 million investment into the education sector. This brings the total investment in the sector to $10.8 billion for 2015/16.

Early Childhood Education gives children a head start before starting primary school. The Budget will provide an extra $74.9 million to enable more children to attend ECE from an earlier age and for longer.

To further assist children with special educational needs, the Budget includes an extra $62.9 million. This new money will allow for teacher-aide support for a further 1,500 children around the country, and will also provide further increases to Ongoing Resource Scheme funding.

A world class education is the passport to future success. Extra budget funding for education is commitment to future generations to share in this success. We are backing teachers with record levels of funding to allow them to continue delivering high quality education for all kids, from every walk of life.