Stop the cuts: Loyal supporters turned out with MP Ryan Park and Labor candidates Prue Car and Emma Husar at Kingswood TAFE to announce a cap on private sector education funding.
Kingswood TAFE will be protected by a cap on education funding that can be contested by private operators if the Labor Party wins the next state election.
It was announced that a NSW Labor government would cap contestable funding for private education providers at 30 per cent, thereby providing TAFE campuses with guaranteed funding to continue to stay open.
Opposition education spokesman Ryan Park and Labor candidates Prue Car and Emma Husar visited Kingswood TAFE to make the announcement.
Mr Park said Labor was determined to stop the cuts to TAFE funding in NSW.
“We are determined to stop the mass sackings, cuts to courses and the massive fee increases to ensure we have a fair and affordable vocational education and training system in NSW,” he said.
Ms Husar, candidate for Penrith, said students now faced fees of up to $4000 for basic certificates at TAFE.
She said 40 per cent of students paid between $500 and $1500 for extra courses but under current policies that would increase to approximately $2000.
“Kingswood TAFE has been a institutional educational provider and has provided training and opportunities to thousands of our local residents over many years,” Ms Husar said.
Ms Car said the new pricing would keep many people out of the system.
She said the Labor commitment would mean Kingswood TAFE would get the funding it needed to help educate people in the region.
“Kingswood TAFE is vital for our region and a Labor government will ensure to continue to deliver opportunities to our community.
“Private providers have a role to play in vocational education but NSW Labor will not allow Kingswood TAFE to be hurt at the expense of large companies and corporations who are profit driven.”
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