Coalition to protect funding for student teacher program

Opposition education spokesman Christopher Pyne has pledged to maintain funding for the Teach for Australia student program after the Coalition announced $425 million of cuts in the education budget.

The $22 million Teach for Australia program involves top-performing university graduates receiving six weeks of intensive training before teaching for two years in a disadvantaged government school.

Dissent has been growing over the announced budget cuts but Mr Pyne insisted that some of the savings would be offset by lower-cost Coalition programs, the Age reported.

’’Teach for Australia would be precisely the kind of organisation which would benefit from a Coalition policy of direct funding,’’ he said.

’’We believe in cutting out the middleman and not double-handling taxpayers’ money through Commonwealth and state bureaucracies.’‘

Such comments may interest Australians who wish to compare student finances in search of the best options. Federal education minister Julia Gillard said this week that the Coalition’s cuts would mean 120,000 school students will miss out on having access to their own computer.

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