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Students at Gumbalanya school. Image: ABC
Students in the Northern Territory community of Gunbalanya have headed back to school – with the support of the Country Liberals funded Remote School Attendance Strategy (RSAS) team.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said that the RSAS team was a critical part of the Country Liberals' commitment to working with remote communities to improve school attendance.
“The Country Liberals believe all Australians have a right to an education and we will work closely with families and communities to ensure all children, no matter where they live, are attending school and getting the start to life they deserve.
“Unfortunately, state and territory governments have not taken their responsibility for school attendance in remote communities seriously. That is why we have partnered with communities to establish school attendance teams to support families and students in attending school.
“It is disappointing that Warren Snowdon and Territory Labor have refused to support the future of RSAS including the 248 local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people employed through RSAS in the Territory” said Senator Scullion.
Jacinta Price said the success of RSAS was testament not only to the local RSAS team but also for parents and the broader Gunbalanya community.
“Its pleasing to hear that school attendance outcomes have increased around 10 per cent for Gunbalanya but there’s certainly room for more improvement” Ms Price said.
The Coalition Government will invest a further $1.25 million to deliver RSAS in Gunbalanya through to 31 December 2021. This investment is in addition to the $58 million the Government has invested to date in RSAS across 38 remote communities in the Northern Territory.
Senator Scullion welcomes the start of school in the Territory for 2019 and encourages ALL communities to get behind local efforts to improve education outcomes for students.
Country Liberals support remote school attendance kick off in Gunbalanya
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