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School support program cuts ‘cold and heartless’

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WA Labor says moves to cut nearly $60,000 from educational support services at some Albany schools will be devastating for disadvantaged students.

The Opposition says North Albany and Albany senior high schools will both see more than $50,000 cut from their School Support Programs Resource Allocation.

The fund pays for programs for disadvantaged students.

Those cuts are part of broader budget reductions that are expected to see some schools in the region, including North Albany, lose up to $200,000.

Albany MP Peter Watson says it is a major blow.

“These are the most vulnerable children in our schools and the Government has just gone through with a knife and cut all the funding for them,” he said.

“I just don’t think it’s fair, it’s another act of a cold and heartless Government.

“A lot of these children now, who are making great steps forward with their learning difficulties, behavioural management and their literacy and numeracy, this is all going to drop away now.”

Education Minister Peter Collier says he accepts the changes will be challenging for some schools but is confident budgets can be managed to ensure good educational outcomes.

He says, while some programs may need to be reduced, most will remain.