Gippsland South The Nationals Education Cost of living Election promise

Free text books under Nats Government

Families with students at public secondary schools will no longer have to pay for school textbooks if The Nationals are elected in November.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien said the commitment will support struggling families who are juggling rising daily expenses.

“Our families are under a lot of pressure from increases in essential day-to-day costs like groceries, petrol, electricity and gas prices,” Mr O’Brien said.

“In the aftermath of the Christmas silly season, a lot families just don’t have the funds when the time comes to buy school books for the year ahead.

“We want to alleviate some of this pressure so that no student is disadvantaged.”

“With The Nationals in government the Free School Books for Students Program will provide funding to government schools to purchase school text books for students. The Department of Education will work with schools on an implementation process to ensure value for money and choice.

The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria and Shadow Assistant Minister for Education, Melina Bath said the Free School Books for Students Program is essential to ensure students have the best chance to achieve their full potential.

“As a former secondary school teacher, I’ve seen firsthand the affect it has on a student’s ability to learn when they don’t have access to the correct resources,” Ms Bath said.

“Students begin to feel disheartened when they don’t have the tools they need to succeed alongside their peers and their parents are left feeling guilty for something that’s outside their control while they do their best to keep food on the table.

“This program will ensure a level playing field for all students regardless of their financial situation.”

Over the course of secondary school, families stand to benefit up to $2,856 or on average around $476 per year.

This program will not be capped on the number of students per family nor is it means tested.

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