#AusPol: What are the major parties really promising on education?
As voters head to the polls, around one-quarter will decide who to vote for on the day. Analysis shows climate change and the economy are foremost in voters’ minds. But education remains a key issue, as evidenced by a flurry of education-related announcements in the final stretch of the campaign. Here’s what you need to know about the major parties’ education commitments, and what the millions and billions here and there really mean. SEE ALSO: Australian budget reveals murky future for research and innovation Early childhood education and care Two years of high-quality, play-based learning at preschool can have a significant impact on children’s development. It can put them close to eight months ahead in literacy by the time they start school. The benefits are greatest for children from disadvantaged backgrounds, which makes preschool a valuable tool for reducing inequality. Labor has promised to make childcare free for most low-income households and to provide up to an 85% subsidy for households under $175,000. It has committed to funding an extra year of preschool for three-year-olds. This is evidence-based and builds on commitments by several states to support two years of preschool. Labor has also pledged to increase wages for some early childhood educators, to be rolled out over a decade, and to reinstate funding for the National Quality Agenda, which lapsed in 2018. This reflects the importance of quality in early childhood services, to improve outcomes for children. Both the Coalition and Labor are taking early childhood education and care seriously this election. Source: Shutterstock The Coalition is taking a more cautious approach to spending on the early childhood sector. It has pledged funding for four-year-old preschool, but only for another year, and it has not renewed funding for the National Quality Agenda. The Coalition will likely retain the means-tested... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, #AusPol: What are the major parties really promising on education?, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you
Published By: ASIAN CORRESPONDENT - Thursday, 16 May
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