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ACT’s budget for local schools

By Ben Faulks

If you're looking to live in Belconnen real estate, you may be wondering about the current and future state of local schools – especially if you have children.

The ACT government has released its 2015 to 2016 budget outlining its plans on investing into the state's schooling system. The state takes great pride in its education, teaching over 70,000 students across private and public institutes.

In fact, recent NAPLAN results show that Canberra school students have once again achieved the highest average numeracy and reading rates in the country.

As a strong show of belief in Canberra's education system, the government plans to invest a record $1.1 billion this financial year.

Modern schools

Over $160​ million of the budget will be used to modernise classrooms and facilities across Canberra's schools. Of this pool, $37.8 million will be spent on replacing and upgrading computers, and improving wireless internet capabilities as well as ICT support services.

North Gungahlin Primary will be the school that sees the most investment, receiving $30.3 million to use before its opening in 2019. Belconnen High School looks to refurbish and upgrade its facilities with the $18.4 million that will be given by the budget.

Other schools, such as Caroline Chisholm, Melrose High and Mount Stromlo High will also benefit from the ACT government's investment.

Pushing learning

To help students with disabilities, $3.9 million will be spent to increase educational resources and transportation for kids in this group.

But it's not only the children that'll be receiving investment. Aimed to aid teachers, $1.3 million will be invested into providing online services for educators to access professional training and teaching standards.

A bright future for Belconnen schoolchildren

If you want your children to live in an area that is serious about education, give Ray White Belconnen a buzz. We'll introduce you to Belconnen apartments or houses that are close by to a range of great schools.

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