Guarantee Gonski: Frank Barnes, Frank Swientik, Bob Seltin and Linda Hazell in front of Lismore High School.
Guarantee Gonski: Frank Barnes, Frank Swientik, Bob Seltin and Linda Hazell in front of Lismore High School. Patrick Gorbunovs

Gonski's in the van

DESPITE Tony Abbott's recent promise to match the Federal Government's commitment to education spending, teachers aren't buying his "unity ticket" claims.

Federal Labor has promised $10 billion over six years on the long-overdue education reform package, with the Coalition recently vowing to match it.

But NSW Teachers Federation regional organiser Linda Hazell said the Coalition's promise to fund Gonski for four years would see less than a third of that total spent - a mere $2.8 billion.

That's because the bulk of the Gonski funding kicks in during years five and six of the plan.

Ms Hazell said teachers and principals were sick of not being able to plan ahead.

"They can't plan more than a couple of years ahead because the funding has been on short-term grants," Ms Hazell said.

"They want to ensure the programs they initiate will continue into the future.

"With this Coalition plan there's no guarantee."

The guarantee Gonski van is on the North Coast this week, visiting Lismore High yesterday.

"Gonski is the first big injection of education funds since 1974. Since then it has been largely run down."



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