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Strong schools mean good student outcomes

Schools across the Territory have final details of their budgets for 2017, which includes their share of NT’s $124 million re-investment into education.

NT Education Minister Eva Lawler said the NT Government’s investment of extra money for Territory government schools will make a real difference for students.

“As part of our four-year $124 million re-investment package we are injecting an extra $20 million a year directly into Territory schools to use in ways that best suit the educational needs of their students, whether that is in the form of extra staff or improved learning programs.”

Arlparra School, which is located about 150km north-east of Alice Springs, received a funding boost for its 2017 budget. Ms Lawler visited Arlparra School as part of community Cabinet.

“Arlparra School will spend its additional funding on students in its early years and its VET stream.

“Our funding boost means each student in Arlparra School will have $1000 more spent on their education in 2017 than in 2016.

“This is a great example of what our re-investment in education means at the grass roots level.

“The NT Government is directing funding to where it is needed most. More funding is going to schools with pre-school and secondary students, students in homelands, and schools with high concentrations of Indigenous students.

“Arlparra School is experiencing student growth and we want this to continue through strong beginnings and supporting pathways to employment and further studying.

“We know the cost of delivering education in the bush is more expensive than in our urban towns.

“If we are to give every child the same opportunities to be successful, then we need to ensure they have a quality education and that our schools are resourced to deliver this,” Ms Lawler said.

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