Janine Freeman said the Minister's mismanagement had resulted in an important frontline service designed to increase literacy, numeracy and Aboriginal graduation rates remaining unfunded more than one quarter of the way through the academic year.
“Tutorial assistance only works if it is provided over the course of the academic year, not all in one block late in the year,” Janine said.
Shadow Education Minister Ben Wyatt, said “In an answer to Parliament on 24 March 2011 Dr Constable said the Barnett Government would increase ATAS support for Aboriginal students in year 11 and 12 from 32 weeks to 40 weeks.
“Yet today, under questioning, the Minister admitted that the funding still remains for only 32 weeks of the academic year.
“Here we are more than 10 weeks into the academic year and the Minister is bumbling around Parliament completely unable to tell Aboriginal students in Western Australia when they might be able to expect tutorial support.
“The Minister’s incompetence is having a direct impact on the ability of some of our most vulnerable students to complete school effectively.”
Mr Wyatt said ATAS provided a vital service to assist Aboriginal students graduating with their WA Certificate of Education (WACE).
“In 2008 there were 210 Aboriginal students graduating with their WACE. This increased to 340 students in 2010,” he said.
“Tutorial Assistance for Aboriginal students in the State is just too important to mismanage.”