Shadow Minister for Education and Training Ryan Park said today that the 60thanniversary of Education Week was an opportunity for local communities to reflect on the importance of a strong public education system and the benefits it has provided millions across NSW.
“Our public schools are the cornerstone of our education system and we celebrate their importance this week,” Mr Park said.
“This week is an opportunity to acknowledge the thousands of dedicated teachers and staff across our public schools that ensure we have one of the strongest education systems in the world.
“Public education continues to be the outstanding provider of a fair go in our communities.
“No matter what where you’ve come from or how much money your family might have, an education in a public school has given thousands of students the opportunity to learn and reach their full potential.
“We need to continue to see an education system that is well funded and resourced to ensure our children receive a quality education.”
Mr Park said that the original tagline for Education Week launched in 1954, “Lighting the way to a better world” was just at relevant today as it was 60 years ago.
“Public schools right across the state are holding events to celebrate Education Week and I would encourage everyone to get involved and support their local school,” Mr Park said.
“NSW Labor remains committed to a strong public education system and I encourage local communities to support their public schools.”
For a full list of Education Week events please visit http://www.schools.nsw.edu.au/events/eduweek/.