- WA Labor will invest $3.5 million into the construction of two new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) classrooms at Churchlands Senior High School
- Re-elected McGowan Labor Government will also increase the threshold for the Direct to Market policy from $20,000 to $50,000
- Part of WA Labor’s commitment to education and keeping Western Australia strong
A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will invest $3.5 million into the construction of two new STEM classrooms at Churchlands Senior High School, as part of a wider commitment to ensure every Western Australian student has access to STEM education.
The funding is part of a $136 million package to build more STEM and science classrooms and provide more specialist teaching equipment.
These efforts will build on the McGowan Government’s strong record over its first term, where it converted classrooms into science laboratories at 200 public schools and launched the first-ever State STEM skills strategy.
In addition, WA Labor has committed to build on its 2017 Direct to Market (D2M) policy, which allows schools to seek quotes and approve work up to the value of $20,000.
Under the expanded D2M policy, the value of works allowed under D2M will increase from $20,000 to $50,000.
Comments attributed to Education Minister Sue Ellery:
“The quality of STEM education in WA public schools has, and will continue to be a key priority under WA Labor.
“STEM subjects equip Western Australian students with the skills needed to pursue the jobs of the future.
“If re-elected we will ensure students at Churchlands Senior High School have access to the latest state-of-the-art facilities so they are in good stead to pursue good quality, high paying jobs in a wide range of industries.
“Expanding the D2M policy will give local public schools the autonomy to get work done without having to go through onerous approvals processes.
“D2M provides schools with the autonomy to select their own service providers and allow for a more efficient use of the maintenance budget and more value for money.
“The expansion of the D2M policy will help schools ensure hard earned fundraising dollars go as far as possible.”
Comments attributed to WA Labor Candidate for Churchlands Christine Tonkin:
“This is fantastic news for the Churchlands community.
“Two new STEM classrooms will be a great boost for teachers and students and help ensure students graduate with the latest knowledge and skills.”