Release type: Media Release


Primary school principals give BER a big tick


The Hon Julia Gillard MP
Minister for Education. Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations
Minister for Social Inclusion
Deputy Prime Minister

The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard today welcomed the results of the Australian Primary Principals Association (APPA) survey on the Rudd Government’s Building the Education Revolution program.

The survey, conducted in September 2009, found that 85 per cent of primary school principals strongly supported the Building the Education Revolution.

This survey reflects the overwhelming feedback the Government has received from principals and school communities around the nation.

Primary Schools for the 21st Century (P21) was purpose designed to invest in the modern, high quality infrastructure students need and to support jobs during the difficult days of the global recession.

On the day the Building the Education Revolution was announced, the Government acknowledged that this program would require unprecedented efforts from education authorities, principals, teachers and school communities.

The Government made it clear that in order for this huge new investment in school infrastructure to support jobs during the days of the global recession, tight deadlines would be required.

Overwhelmingly, the challenge has been met with enthusiasm by dedicated principals and school communities determined to make the most of this historic investment in their schools.

Schools in every community across Australia have been working tirelessly with local builders to help the Rudd Government deliver the biggest school modernisation program the nation has ever seen.

Principals attending APPA’s annual conference were asked to rank the BER out of 5, with 5 being the highest. 64 per cent of principals ranked the BER top marks, 85 per cent gave the program a 4 or 5 ranking. Only 4 per cent of principals ranked the BER 1 out of 5.

Through the Building the Education Revolution element of the Government’s Nation Building Economic Stimulus Plan, there are over 24 000 individual projects underway or on their way in around 9 500 schools across Australia.

Unfortunately, the Opposition has failed to explain to schools and local communities why they voted against every project in every school and every job being supported by the Building the Education Revolution.