VICTORIA: The Victorian government has ended an Aboriginal education program that was costing more than $4 million a year to teach 55 students.
Four Koorie Pathways Schools will close at the end of 2012, with the $4.2 million running cost to be re-invested in better-targeted programs, Education Minister Martin Dixon says.
The schools in Mildura, Swan Hill and Morwell taught a combined 54 students.
A fourth school in Glenroy, in Melbourne’s north, was closed earlier this year when only one student enrolled.
“The Victorian Coalition government simply cannot justify spending $4.2 million per year on educating 55 students at schools where, as a result of a combination of factors, we are seeing poor educational outcomes and extremely high levels of student absenteeism,” Mr Dixon said.
“We are committed to closing the gap when it comes to improving standards in Koorie education and the Koorie Pathways Schools … do not allow us to do that.”