Education assistant funds

Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray and Mark McGowan. Photo: Thomas Munday.
Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray and Mark McGowan. Photo: Thomas Munday.

Schools in Collie will benefit from the announcement that the McGowan Government is proceeding with its election commitment to put an additional 300 education assistants and 50 Aboriginal and Islander Education Officers (AIEOs) back into classrooms.

From 2018, 100 additional education assistants will be employed in WA public schools with 100 more employed for each of 2019 and 2020.

Allanson Primary School will gain a part-time education assistant in 2020, Amaroo Primary School will gain the equivalent to 2.5 full time education assistants, Fairview Primary School will gain the full time equivalent of 1.2 additional education assistants, Wilson Park Primary School will gain the full time equivalent of 1.5 education assistants.  

Education assistants will be employed in 238 primary schools and district high schools with most allocated to socially disadvantaged students.

Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray said education was a key priority.

“I have lobbied very hard to make sure that our schools have the best resources available to them,” he said. 

“Undoing the harsh cuts of the previous government will assist our teachers at Collie schools to better concentrate their energies on teaching.”

“The reintroduction of teachers assistants will mean kids get the assistance they need in their formative years of education.”

Premier Mark McGowan said putting education assistants back into WA classrooms was an important election commitment.

"Our focus is to provide WA children with a world-class education and that means providing extra support,” he said. 

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said education assistants and Aboriginal and Islander Education Officers assist teachers and support the educational goals of students. 

“They are integral to the smooth running of classrooms and allow teachers to get on with the job of teaching,” she said. 

"We are delivering an education system that provides more one on one attention for children."