The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has called on the Andrews Labor Government to commit funding to construct a state-of-the-art Tech School in Greater Shepparton.
There are currently just ten Tech Schools in Victoria, focussing on the development of skills in science, technology, engineering, and maths known as STEM skills.
In a constituency question to the Minister for Education James Merlino in State Parliament this week, Ms Lovell said that the building of a Tech School in Greater Shepparton was originally included in the Shepparton Education Plan, but that the Andrews Labor Government had reneged on the promise.
In her contribution, Ms Lovell said the Andrews Labor Government continually try to pass off the Enterprise and Innovation Hub at the Greater Shepparton Secondary College as a Tech School and invited Mr Merlino to Google Tech Schools in Victoria and his own website to familiarise himself with what a Tech School actually is.
Ms Lovell sought from the Minister a funding commitment to build a Tech School in Greater Shepparton to be included in the 2021-22 State Budget.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“Tech Schools are innovative, shared learning environments that are managed and operated in partnership with local schools, local government, TAFE, university and industry and our students would benefit enormously by such a facility being established in Greater Shepparton.
“I call on Mr Merlino to provide funding in the upcoming State Budget to build a Tech School and provide these new learning opportunities to Greater Shepparton students.”
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