Education winner

COFFS Coast public school students will enjoy a slice of the budget pie when the new financial year kicks off next month.

An allocation of $78million over four years will ensure every public school in NSW has interactive whiteboards, videoconferencing facilities and online learning tools.

“We are also continuing our Best Start literacy and numeracy initiative for kindergarten students with $124million in recurrent funding to be provided over the next four years,” Minister for Education and Training Verity Firth said.

A major project at the Coffs Harbour TAFE is also due to be completed this year and will take a share of a $96 million allocation.

Coffs Harbour High School will receive a modest $1,241 to continue works that began in 2007. The school upgrade is due to be completed in 2011.

Minister Firth said a total of $14.4billion was spent on education and vocational training.

“We are equipping our students with a broad range of academic and practical skills to prepare them for the workforce or further study,” Ms Firth said.

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