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VAGO report on school payments

With billions of additional federal funding going into education, Daniel Andrews needs to make sure parents and taxpayers are getting the best value for money.

Today’s report released by the Auditor-General shows that there is little oversight and consistency in schools correctly applying departmental parent payment policies.

Daniel Andrews has let chaos and confusion reign, with school principals unsure what they can ask parents to pay for when it comes to their child’s education.

This follows last year’s debacle, when the Andrews Government announced that primary schools would need to pick up the tab to deliver compulsory swimming lessons.

Primary school principals were left scratching their heads after the Premier issued the order and then told them there was no money for lessons.

Principals were forced to drop valuable literacy and numeracy programs to pay for the compulsory swimming lessons, or were forced to charge parents for the costs in defiance of government rules.

This year’s Budget papers revealed that the state government will collect close to $2.2 billion over four years in parent payments through fetes, festivals and chocolate fund-raising drives.

Victorian parents are already doing it tough with cost of living pressures like higher electricity costs and new road tolls and they deserve to know that Daniel Andrews is spending education funds wisely.