School leavers ready to celebrate

Next week thousands of school leavers are heading down south and to Rottnest Island, in celebration of completing of 12 years of schooling. Safety, alcohol and recreational drug use are a concern for parents, as recent years have depicted leavers as being ‘wild’ and ‘out of control’. Leavers Manager for WA, Clint Browning, explained that…

WA Secondary Schools Receive Infrastructure Upgrades

Secondary schools will be redeveloped as part of school infrastructure upgrades in Western Australia. 15 secondary schools will be rebuilt or upgraded as part of the State Government’s $465 million investment into schools across the state. As part of the upgrades, 50-year-old Balcatta Senior High School will receive a $50 million redevelopment. An architect will…

NAPLAN Online Delayed Until 2018

Schools in WA will no longer be trialling an online version of the NAPLAN test this year due to technical glitches. WA Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said the online trial has been delayed until next year after several issues were identified in the online platform when it was tested over the school holidays.…

WA Government Stands Firm on 457 Visa Education Policy

Click on the player above to video version of the story. (First story in the newscast) This story is written by WAMN News journalist Daniel Edwards. Lobby groups and some politicians campaigned to scrap the 457 visa education fee policy. However, the state government has chosen not to change the 457 visa education fee, which…

2015 Student Centered Funding Model

This story is written by WAMN Journalist Daniel Edwards. From 2015 onwards, school funding will be centered on the student. Funding was previously based on school types and education programs. Additional funding will be given to Indigenous, disability, english as a second language, and socially disadvantaged students. Schools in remote areas will also receive additional…

School Allegedly Beat Students Who Failed To Follow Instructions

Chun Tok School, a school specialized to educate students with hearing impairments, was complained to by parents for allegedly insulting and beating students who failed to follow the instructions given by teachers. A thorough investigation was done by the Education Bureau, all 4 complaints were substantiated. One of the parents, Mrs Chan, said her daughter was…

EXCLUSIVE: 457 Visa Holders Plan Next Move

457 visa holders in Perth gathered this evening to discuss their next move against the Government’s plan to charge them education fees. The leader of the group Dean Keating told WAMN News that he will meet with the Premier this month to express their concerns. “Today’s meeting is to formalise a committee and a working…

EXCLUSIVE: The 12000 Dollar Ordeal

A 457 visa holder revealed to WAMN News that her family will have to pay an extra 12000 dollars a year to send their kids to school. Under the Barnett government’s new plan, 457 visa holders will have to pay 4000 dollars for the first child and $2000 dollars for each additional child in order…

457 visa kids won’t pay for education till 2015

457 visa holders who send their kids to a government school won’t have to start paying the 4000 dollar fee until 2015. The announcement was made by the Premier through a media statement this morning, in which he said the fee will apply in 2015 instead of next year. “This means that anyone who is…