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05
Feb

Lovell questions stalled progression of Shepparton Education Plan.

The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has pushed the Andrews Labor Government on the progression of further stages of the Shepparton Education Plan, seeking an explanation why timelines to deliver key stages of the plan have not been met.

Speaking during the adjournment debate directed to the Minister for Education James Merlino, Ms Lovell highlighted the Government’s failure to deliver and publish details of the two remaining stages of the plan: namely Early Childhood & Primary School and Higher Education & Training.

Stage 1 of the Shepparton Education Plan saw the controversial closure of four public secondary schools and creation of the Greater Shepparton Secondary College, designed to house up to 3000 students on one campus.

An official Shepparton Education Plan Document clearly articulated the timelines for the consultation process and the development for each stage of the plan with consultation for early childhood and primary to commence in June 2018 and a plan developed in December 2018 and the Higher Education and Skills consultation to commence in February 2019 and a plan completed in June 2019.

Ms Lovell previously raised the issue of these timelines not being met in October 2019 and in his response, the Minister created new timelines for delivery of the Plan, stating that the Early Childhood & Primary stage of the plan would be published in early 2020 and the Higher Education & Skills element would be published in early-mid 2020.

In her latest contribution, Ms Lovell said that the Minister had failed to meet these revised timelines, with little community consultation carried out and no detail on these stages completed.

Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:

“Mr Merlino has failed to meet his own revised timelines to deliver the final two stages of the plan, raising the question whether these plans are being developed in secret.

“This is another example of a government that is all spin and no substance; while the community are forced to sit wait with great uncertainty as to what the future of education in Greater Shepparton will look like in the years ahead.”

ENDS

Media Contact:  Jason Kelly         0413 103 240       jason.kelly@parliament.vic.gov.au

 

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