The New South Wales (NSW) government has announced additional funding for the state’s education system as students begin to return to the classroom.
The COVID-19 Intensive Learning Assistance Program will be extended to help students in need of help to catch up, with funding invested in the school’s indoor air quality.
Prime Minister Dominique Perotet said following the active acceptance and acceptance of learning programs. The government will promise an additional $ 383 million to continue supporting students until next year.
“We know our students are resilient, but 2021 is a tough year and there is no doubt that many students are learning from home twice as long as last year.” Perotet said..
“Early insights from the ongoing assessment of the program show that students are bouncing back thanks to the intensive tutoring provided through the program. We hope to help do so next year as well. I promise.”
Treasurer Matt Keane said the program exceeded employment targets by providing educators throughout the state with more than 7,500 employment opportunities. He said the extension of the program would only further develop this success.
Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said the program introduced in the first phase of this year is very effective in helping students get back on track.
“The principals and teachers I’ve spoken to over the past few months have been unanimous in supporting programs to meet the needs of individual schools and students,” Mitchell said.
“The additional investment in 2022 will continue to focus on literacy and computing skills, enhance the availability of online lessons and improve accessibility to meet student needs.”
The state government will also invest $ 100 million to guarantee indoor air quality in the classroom. Perotet said it is part of the government’s efforts to keep the community safe so that it can adapt to a life with COVID-19.
“This funding will help public schools continue to improve their air quality, making them the most well-ventilated areas in the area.” He said..
Operations include installing an automatic outside air ventilation system, replacing windows, ceilings and exhaust fans, and providing air purifiers as needed.
Mitchell said that when sending children back to school, it should give parents confidence.
“What this program does is leverage comprehensive audits and insights from expert advice to provide future use of learning space not only for COVID-19, but also for wildfires and other air quality issues. To be able to do it, “she said.